(Previously Published by Maggie Paine on April 10, 2014)
One of my favorite songs is “Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise” by The Avett Brothers. It’s a song about contrasts – darkness and light, and what’s wrong and what’s right. But it’s a song, most of all, about conflict – not conflict on the outside, but that within, between fears and dreams…and hopes and doubts.
When I first heard the song many, many moons ago, I felt a deep sense of conflict, but I also felt a sense of calm, and even strength. Because I recognized the conflict I was feeling wasn’t imposed from the outside, it was a reality on the inside – and I held the power to resolve it.
There’s a line in the song, a verbal command not of conflict but of self-assurance: “Decide what to be and go be it.” To this day, every time I hear those words I feel a surge of conviction in my own judgment and abilities; I feel humbled by the endless promise of the future; and I feel bold enough to let my doubts give way to my dreams.
The Avett Brothers released “Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise” at a time when I was taking a hard look at my purpose in this life, and how it relates to others. In many ways this song sang me through my transition out of the military and it served as a reminder to decide what to be and go be it – in other words, to go after the life and career that fulfills me and makes me tick. I determined that I’m at my best (and happiest) when I’m on my feet, when I’m interacting with others, and when I can help people go after their dreams as well.
That’s why for me, Maggie Paine is about more than fashion and style. When I decided to launch my company, I continued to reflect on what I wanted to be. And now that I'm up and running, I know that my road full of promise is to listen to others as they decide what to be… and then help them go be it.
Until next time...