Every year I have the same new years resolution. No fear.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path
– Khalil Gibran
I distinctly remember one grey morning on my way to school. My brother, one of our closest friends and me were sprinting down the train station tunnel, darting up the stairs to catch our train to school. At the foot of the stairs we heard the whistle blow and by the time we were halfway, the buzzing of closing doors reached our ears.
We arrived at the top of the stairs, only to see the doors still open a little bit. My brother and our friend didn’t hesitate and jumped towards the opening, barely making it through. I had a split second to decide if I wanted to take a risk, but other than taking that second to decide, that second made me realise my body was completely frozen. I could not bring myself to take the leap, even though I knew there was time to do it.
This specific moment has stuck with me, as I was subsequently late for school and was shocked by the way my body just froze up. It made me realise how controlling fear can be and it has somewhat become the seed that over the years grew into a desire to take chances and risks, to take that leap of faith.
The truth is, we will never be entirely sure of what the outcome of our actions can be. There is never a situation where we are entirely in control of that. We can however try to be aware and in control of our choices. And actively choose to accept whatever failure or pain may come our way if we take a risk. I firmly believe that by taking those leaps of faith, those intuitive moments where you trust the flow of things, we truly grow as individuals. I can not stress enough how much intuition has given me and how much I’ve learned to value it over the years.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope it sparks some thought. If you would like to discuss this in any way, feel free to reach out to me.