Staying close to the shoreline has its perks. There is comfort in the shoreline. There's safety. Familiarity. When you stay close to the shoreline, it's easy to get out when the water gets rough, or you get bored. In the shallow water, you know exactly what to expect. You can see straight to the bottom and out across the horizon. Next to the shoreline, you believe that you can see all that there is to see; all life has to offer. But, you're wrong.
All that life has to offer does not exist at the shoreline. When you leave the shoreline behind, that's when you come to discover what life really has to offer. There's beauty, excitement, depth. When you leave the shoreline behind, you discover things that you would have never dreamed could have existed from your place in the shallow water. Your eyes are open to a world full of wonder.
But more important than that is what you find within yourself. You discover bravery. You discover strength. You discover passion and desire. Because when you leave the shore behind, you discover not only a world of endless wonder and possibility, but you discover just what you are capable of.
Life isn't meant to be lived next to the shoreline. It shouldn't be lived in mediocrity. Settling and playing it safe are not the way to live. It's not living at all -- it's merely existing.
Stop playing it safe. Find passion. Passion in your work. Passion in your hobbies. Passion in love. Passion in life.
There will be days full of rough water, when you miss the safety of the shoreline. Days when you wonder why you ever left. I promise you, though, those days will far be outnumbered by beauty, excitement and depth.
So, leave the shore behind. Because the moment you do, you will be able to live the exciting, passion-filled, wonderful life you always imagined.