thanks marc for the clip.
I have been amazed at the comments relating to that picture on The Ledge. The crippling fear and how it holds people back. How conditioned we are to the modern dangers in life. Do you think sitting on that rock, where its solid and pretty safe, is any more dangerous than driving your car? If you do, you are part of the problem, as Chris Titus likes to say. Not that I am saying you shouldn’t drive your car and spend your days sitting on rock ledges. I am merely suggesting you become aware of the real dangers. Eating a sugar based diet is basically sending yourself to a hell of diabetes and other health issues. Oh, wait, that won’t be hell, it`ll simply be the life you have created for yourself. As you were…
While we are talking about stupid things, this video, also found on Marc’s site, reminds me of how stupid boys can collectively be when there is a bit of competitive behavior involved…
Then again, tomorrow morning at some point I will be totally running out of talented on some technical single track in Tokai, feeling my heart in my mouth and that numb feeling in my legs when I know it’s either about to be proven that miracles happen and I make it out or I am going to just close my eyes and hope I land on a soft patch. I`ll then re-run the line and try smash it on the second attempt. All part of the learning curve on what to fear, I guess. (oh, what? you had no idea I was mad? Shame, I guess it’s all my fault.)
So it’s all relative. This fear thing. It’s got me thinking. The fear of a confession you hope will not chase someone away. The fear of not realizing your potential. The fear of your own plain-to-see awesomeness. The fear of inanimate objects (proudly knows as Automatonophobia). People fear all sorts of things. What do I fear?
Thankfully, there are some VERY smart people out there, who are happy to show us new ways of being scared. Control the herd and with articles like that one, you realize just what is possible in a new world order if collective smart minds are put to good or bad work. In the fear there is hope that perhaps projects of this magnitude are underway to help curb pollution, save our air quality but yet, like the BP Crisis showed, there is no lack of human stupidity around. Choosing our fears, I guess.
Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we couldn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are in no way life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.
Which brings me to the last bit of this now drawn out bit of writing. If you are going to get over these demons, make the time to practice. You`ll get further every time and the familiarity of something that scared the living bejaaayzuz out of you last time may even become bearable, enjoyable and then you may end up like these guys in the last video for the day, who clearly have lost all sense of reality when it comes to fear.
Have a great weekend out there. I am taking my fears to the trails and leaving them out there to be absorbed in the awesomeness of pushing limits and living life.