One morning I was walking through the bustling woods near my house
When I heard a loud roar in the vicinity and felt a gust of fear surge through me instantly.
I retracted without a moment’s worth of thought
And started heading back the way I had come.
On reaching a spot that felt safer I let out a sigh
But could not help wonder, where does fear come from and why do we let our fearful side take over the reins of our life?
I acknowledge the role it played in our evolution
But does it not influence many more of our big life-decisions than we would like?
The breeze seemed to come to a standstill and handed me an epiphany
Humans are slaves of their mind, and of their endless desires and expectations from life.
Unable to embrace the uncertainty that is inherent to life
We live in constant fear of life shattering the elaborate castles we build in our restless mind.
So attached we are, to our ideas of how life should be and which way it should go
That it only takes an unexpected gale to fill us with fear.
Some of our fears are also borrowed from people we grew up around or surround us today
And their beliefs of all that we need to be afraid of.
Would we have been the same people we are today
If instead we had learnt to be fearless of that which we do not expect but will someday inevitably face?
Our mind is a volcano of countless thoughts and ideas that fly through it every single moment we get to breathe
But at no cost should they be able to place under siege what should be a free mind.
Stop ourselves we must, from getting attached to our desires and expectations
For that which we cannot control, we should just let be.
We also need to open our eyes to see the world for what it is
Instead of that which people around us have taught us to see.
We cannot claim to have an independent mind or explore the limits of our potential
If we cannot successfully break down the barriers of fear that only exist inside our mind.
And if we fail to uproot the fear-bearing tree before it grows too big
Choose we should, to fight it with all our might.
To not let our fears become the obstacle that impedes our way
But instead treat them like a dense cloud that we walk through anyway.
I know I need to find out what’s on the other side
And not let ominous clouds send me scurrying back into the safety of my house.
Every time I give in to my fears
I provide them the oxygen they need to survive.
I wish to call myself the owner of a beautiful and free mind
Not one where, while inspiration, courage and resilience struggle, fears do not just grow but thrive.
For if there is one thing I know
It is that life is better lived, even if it happens to be on the dangerous side
Than only staying put in the confines of our naive and fearful mind
And never getting to experience the other side.