Monday, March 25, 2013

Fearlessness

If there's one thing that life has taught me, it's that fear is a sign of weakness, a sign of cowardice. Fear is a brick wall specifically designed to keep you from fulfilling that bucket list you scribbled on that vintage leather notebook that night that summer. It's a bat, or a hundred of them, surrounding Bruce Wayne and his Batmobile. It's Clark Kent's close proximity to green kryptonite, hindering you from reaching your true potential.

Because once you demolish that wall, brick by brick, row by row, that's when things start to change. That's when Batman puts on his utility belt to save Gotham City from corruption. That's when the reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis goes into the telephone booth and changes into a blue, red, and yellow costume, complete with a cape, to stop the large meteor heading towards Earth.

And yes, while I do understand that we are no comic book superheroes, there is nothing stopping us from becoming one. Flying without worrying about gravity may be a long way away, true. But leaping over a tall building in a single bound, high enough so as to help you get over your fear of heights, could be one way to go.

Whatever your strategy, just remember that fear is the only thing coming between you and wherever your heart wants you to go. So be fearless, and don't let it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Making The Bed

I often find myself wondering what it would feel like to not have to make our bed every morning when we wake up. I mean, wouldn't it be easier if we just got on with our lives without letting the fact that we didn't make our bed this morning torment us for the rest of the day? After all, in the grand scheme of things that matter, manual labour that involves tucking in sheets, removing creases, and fluffing pillows is purely inconsequential. Still, the inclination to start the day on a clean slate is hard to ignore. So you fluff, you straighten, you tuck, and you end up making your bed just so you could have some peace of mind.

Fast forward a couple of hours, and you're now lying in your bed, with your bedside lampshade on, thinking about that one thing you promised yourself you'd never do and then did because you had no other real choice. Only you did. Because you always have a choice. For instance, you can either choose to brush your teeth before or after breakfast. If you brush them before, you might curb your appetite. If you brush them after you eat, you'd run the risk of staining your recently dry cleaned suit. Either way, it's your choice to make. Just like it's your choice to be or not be happy for the rest of the day. Just like it's your choice to make or not make your bed every morning before you go to work. It's your choice. Yours, and no one else's.

There's a catch, however. If you do decide to make your bed, you'd better be sure you're ready to lie in it. Because unless there's a sudden change in sheets or a sudden change in weather, there's no turning back.