How do we perceive the future? With fear and trepidation or joyful expectation? Maybe, our feelings fall somewhere in between. Or if we are evolved beings, we’ve learned to live in the present moment and not anticipate the future at all! But how do we perceive the unknown, the things outside our comfort zone?
How Do We Perceive The Unknown?
One of the best examples of the unknown is Covid-19. I remember watching in December 2019 the scary scenes is what seemed liked faraway Wuhan and not once thinking that it would effect us. What if we knew what we were really getting into when it started? How would we have responded? How much more toilet paper can people stock up! While it makes sense to have a certain amount of fear, and follow the rules of social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, life has to go on. We cannot sit around merely keeping updated about the virus. Many of us, have used this time to be very creative and find new ways to improve ourselves.
Fear is a very real emotion that all of us experience. A healthy amount of fear keeps us safe. But we cannot let fear keep us from becoming the best version of ourselves.
What would you do, for instance, if you were asked to give a TED Talk? Would you embrace the opportunity with all you have? Or would back out because you have stage fear or an aversion to a large audience? If you back out, fear wins and you lose a chance to not just to be known by more people but score some points for your courage.
I love this passage by Gibran that is really about taking risks and daring greatly.
“It is said that before entering the sea, a river trembles with fear. She looks back at the path she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, the long winding road crossing forests and villages. And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast, that to enter there seems nothing more than to disappear forever. But there is no other way. The river can not go back. Nobody can go back. To go back is impossible in existence. The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean, because only then will fear disappear, because that’s where the river will know — it’s not about disappearing into the ocean, but of becoming the ocean.”– Kahlil Gibran
How often has your fear of the unknown kept you from growing?
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