I happened across this poem by Mary Oliver the other day and it reminded me that even when forces are tugging at our ankles to keep us back, we are required by the law of humanity to march forth guided by our own compelling voice.
Do the thing you were put here to do. Live your superpower ® despite the naysayers, especially the ones that live in your own mind.
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!” each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers at the very foundations,
though their melancholy was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world, determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
– Mary Oliver