‘It isn’t always comfortable or easy – carrying your fear around with you on your great and ambitious road trip, I mean – but it’s always worth it, because if you can’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting. And that would be a pity, because your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here…
…the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have the time anymore to thinks so small.’
Elisabeth Gilbert – Big Magic
I’m on the edge of an adventure at the moment. A big, brilliant, scary, adventure. [Note the emphasis – before reading this book – is on the scary].
The book in question however has graciously led me down a path of enlightenment that goes something like this:
Where there’s magic there is fear. If we want a life full of magic and all the good stuff (which I most definitely do) then becoming fearless isn’t a realistic aim. You see, innovation, creativity, adventure and invention are all the other side of choices which are inevitably accompanied by a big dose of scary and fear.
If fearlessness isn’t an option in a life filled with magic then, our challenge is to simply give fear the nod; to acknowledge it as part and parcel of adventure. To recognise its inevitable presence as we choose paths that are more scary than comfortable, knowing that they will probably be more brilliant because of it.
As I take steps towards adventure with fear speaking in my ear, I’ll listen to it- sure, but I’ll be mindful to let bravery be the louder voice.
So when it comes to aforementioned ‘big old brilliant scary adventure’ I’m going to shift the emphasis to the brilliant.
Here it goes.
(Thanks for the pics Hannah)