Imagine swimming in the middle of the ocean with nothing but water around you. There is no shoreline in sight. If you’re not a great swimmer or can’t swim at all, this is a terrifying thought. But even the world’s best swimmer might have a twinge of anxiety in such a scenario; especially when the distance to the nearest shore is unknown.
However this quote, by William Faulkner, reminds us to have the courage to lose sight of the shore, figuratively. “Sight of the shore” means safety, security, and familiarity. But often, that’s not the place where we “discover new horizons”. In other words, it’s not the place where we grow, experience major life changes, or discover the things we don’t know are yet to be discovered about ourselves. Sometimes we need to have the courage to be lost in the middle of nowhere like being in the middle of the ocean–where the water seems to meet the sky. Sometimes we have to be able to let go of the safe, secure, and familiar places of comfort. And as the shore gets further and further behind, a new horizon will eventually begin to take shape ahead.