I glance over in anticipation. A striped ball sat tucked into the corner of my kitchen floor for a few days waiting patiently.
That ball? One of my favorite summertime retreats—yellow watermelon from the farmer’s market.
They are the best, sweet and colorful, and always full of seeds. And there is only a tiny window each year when they are available.
I finally cut it open and dig in with delight. Watermelon juice running down my hands and the sides of the cutting board.
As I was digging out the seeds before each bite, it occurred to me how most watermelons I buy these days are seedless. And so a often a disappointment, mushy and bland.
In contract, how rich, crunchy and flavorful this seeded one is. Perhaps it is the farmer’s market or because it is yellow. Maybe it’s because I’m slowed down as I remove the perceived obstacles, the seeds, so that I truly savor every bite.
My gut says it’s the uncompromised wholeness, seeds and all.
So often in life we look for shortcuts—a quick fix—a way to remove the obstacles to get to where we desire to go quickly. And then feel unfulfilled when we arrive, like that seedless watermelon that, while convenient to eat, is often tasteless and mushy. Not to mention unsustainable as without seeds, there is no way to grow the next generation.
Like that unsustainable watermelon, we sometimes compromised our dreams and arrive at our destination missing some of the richness in life.
Yet we are rich…as rich as we choose to dream and action those dreams. We perceive and often feel complex as human beings and we can live life that way. And when we are humans be-ing, we really are simple as we allow ourselves to be open and present to all that life offers. The joys and the perceive obstacles.
The fruit and the seeds of the melon both serve a purpose. Both nourish us…now in in the next cycle of growth.
I’ve spent more moments than I care to admit avoiding the seeds—the perceived obstacles because I wanted to fit in—to belong. I was afraid of being rejected by others. So instead, I dug out the seeds of creativity and joy and created my own seedless watermelon.
Unwilling to risk being rejected by others, I simply rejected myself. Then hid for many years in my story of not enough. We each have our story. Our journey.*
And we each have a dream we so hunger for and are afraid to manifest.
So Ive drawn a line in the sand. Stepped out from behind the curtain and created a Facebook group, Breaking up with the Fear of Rejection—Midlife dreams manifest.
My desire is to have a safe space where together we get to gather and plant our seeds. The ones we’ve collected and squirreled away waiting for this moment to sprout and grow. Join us here.
The time is now to harvest what you’ve been secretly growing for decades. My mother promised us kids while we sat eating watermelon and spitting seeds, the driveway rapidly littered with black specs…if we swallowed one, it would eventually sprout and grow out our ears.
So it’s time to listen. To honor that dream planted inside you many years ago. To nurture that dream in a way that only you can. Now is the time to birth and grow fully into the gift you are here to share with the world.