In the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, an unconscious Meredith describes how a newborn takes the first breath outside the womb. She describes it as the scariest step a human does.
Breathing on its own for the very first time.
Thinking about it, it made me accept the enormity of the task. That tiny little being secured inside another human’s body in layers of cushions takes its journey to the outside world for the first time. It’s an unfamiliar route having never done this before. No fully formed humans remember this journey either. It’s a solo trip. It’s something this tiny being has to find out by itself.
Isn’t it amazing our very first arrival to this world itself is a solo journey where we could encounter problems that could stop us from getting to our destination alive! There could be a million problems but we are here. Isn’t that just amazing!
Abandoning the cozy nest that held us for all our lives we are ready to explore the world on our own. That must be exciting and scary. We all did that!
Once the tiny new human is out of the birth canal then comes the humongous task of breathing on its own. Those little lungs that never had to breathe on their own are tested for the very first time. All the organs have to function in synchronization to bring fruition to this journey. The first breath of air must be terrifying. Getting it right matters. Getting it right sets the tone for this little one’s life ahead.
I didn’t think of it until Meredith described it.
We all did that part too.
Without any guidance, we did two scariest tasks all by ourselves for the very first time on our own with no manual whatsoever.
The rules of living are to live. To do the scary part as and when it is required.
All I can say is we know how to do this too.
We got this!
We just don’t know that we know how to do this. We just don’t know that we got this.