"One is never really afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
Sometimes I envision myself standing at the oceanside staring out into the sea with the ocean breeze on my skin and the endless sight of blue in front of me…an endless blue that is vast, eternal, and filled with the unknown. I think this can be drawn as a metaphor to everyday life. Sure, we can play it safe and venture in ankle-deep and stay very comfortable…but really, what’s the fun in that? OR we can wade out a little deeper and take that risk of becoming completely vulnerable and embracing how wonderful that sort of vulnerability can really be.
The safe bet is to stay ankle-deep…it’s very low risk but also very low reward. Many people live their lives like this, and to be honest there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you had asked me a couple years ago, I would have probably voted to play it safe in life, being content with the “status quo”. But sometimes in life you have an epiphany…a moment where everything becomes, for the very first time, crystal clear. With this epiphany comes an internal clarity that is one of the most wonderful things that could ever be experienced…a moment in which a light turns on and you begin to “live” for the very first time.
I think we often associate vulnerability, or the unknown, with negative thoughts or consequences…but who says that it has to be that way? Why are we so afraid of the unknown? Is it because we like to have control of our lives and that with something unknown we have to cede that control? Is it because stepping out of one’s comfort zone is just something that we are discouraged against from a very young age? Or is it because we are afraid of what we may discover about ourselves if we venture into that unknown? That we may discover a part of ourselves that we never knew was there? A part of ourselves that would no longer be content with playing it safe. I don’t know the answer…but I do know that the only way to find the answer is to wade a little deeper into that ocean that we call life :)
How about you. Do you fear the unknown?