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Don’t Settle. Be Resilient.

1 Mar 2021 4:16 PM | Maria Allshouse

With many walks along the beach in 2020, I discovered that the starfish has quite a few meanings and connotations attached to it but for me, a starfish represents and symbolizes renewal and regeneration. 

Starfish can grow back limbs. When they are attacked by a predator (like a crab for example) they will detach their own arm to free themselves from the attacker. They will also sometimes just drop one of their arms to distract the predator. This gives them a better chance to escape.

Isn’t that amazing?

And if the lost arm has a piece of the starfish’s central region, that one arm can grow and become a new starfish altogether!

Don’t know about you, but I find this so fascinating and inspirational.

Many a time I have had to renew myself in my life. I did it multiple times personal and professionally. Many thought I was crazy when I decided to quit a stable, good paying job that I’ve had for years to pursue a totally different line of work. That didn’t stop me though. I am a great believer that nothing comes easy in life. Not the best things anyway. You have to work hard and bang your head against the wall many times sometimes to finally get what you want.

But if you don’t at least try, you’ll never no will you? I believe with all my heart, that we often underestimate our true potential and simply “settle” for what we have at that particular stage in our life. “Settling” though is a dangerous thing in my books. It can only lead to regret. Regret that even though you felt that you deserved more, you somehow convinced yourself to not rock the boat and settle.

So as we all venture into 2021 and reach the end of it's first quarter ask yourself, who do you want to be and what is it that you truly want?


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