Questions We’re Afraid to Ask – #13
To be honest, I’m having a hard time this morning figuring out where I want to go with this one. There are so many possibilities.
I guess the first thing that comes to mind is the idea of fear. Fear can lead us to come up with a whole list of things we might lose if we were to go after our true desires and the things we would like to achieve. Our list of cons and “but what ifs” begins to far outsize our list of pros, and before you know it, whatever it was that we were dreaming becomes nothing more than a pipe dream as we see it, and somewhere down the line we find ourselves looking back and saying “But what if? . . . If only I had . . . !”
A little over a year ago, I wrote an article called “Squirrels and the Fear of Heights“. Perhaps the best thing I can do here is to refer back to that article, which focuses on the idea that animals, when going after whatever it is they want, seem to possess no sense of fear. They just go for it.
Obviously there are situations in which any animal will sense danger and take steps to avoid it, but there is never a conscious thought of “what do I have to lose”. They just find a way to get around any obstacle and get to whatever it is they want.
There are plenty of people like that, to. The words “fear” and “obstacle” and “but what if” don’t seem to exist in their vocabulary. If there is any thought to what they may have to lose, the answer is always “the chance to do what I set out to do.”
Remember the movie The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman?
So . . . the question remains for each of us . . . If I haven’t yet achieved it, what do I have to lose?”