Rise above fear!
Fear is a fact and one has to take risks in life to succeed. So tell us about the risks you have taken to overcome your fear and claim victory!
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Fear is one of the eternal truths of life and I completely agree with the statement that a person who has never been afraid in his life, has perhaps never done anything worthwhile. Fear is a sign. It is a signal that you’re about to do something big. It is a signal to set your body and mind in preparation mode. ‘Prepare to conquer’ is the only motto and looking back is not an option. That is how it should feel. That is how one should use fear. Yes, use your fear to win against any obstacle for it is a formidable force.
Some great man once said that courage is not the absence of fear but the will to go on even when you’re afraid. I had such moments in my life when a decision had to be made and fear gripped me like a vice. I’d like to recount one such moment that I faced in my Murudeshwar trip. For those who don’t know, Murudeshwar is a beautiful temple town in coastal Karnataka where a giant statue of Lord Shiva overlooks the ocean and along with the spiritual aura, the serene calmness of the water soothes the soul. If you haven’t seen the place already, get planning and get packing.
I had gone with my college friends and everybody was keen on doing the water sports except me. The problem was, I didn’t know swimming. And the ‘Banana Boat Ride’ seemed like a suicide mission. A bunch of people were dragged to the middle of the ocean on a log-like boat pulled by a speedboat and then the log would be rolled over so that everyone would just fall into the water. I was pretty sure if I was thrown in there, I would drown. I didn’t trust the life jacket, I was pretty sure I’d do something wrong like flailing my limbs the wrong way or breathing inside water that’d cause some mishap.
It was fear!
A few of my friends, who didn’t know how to swim backed out. So, I stood there with my friends, all of whom knew swimming with the only exception being me. I had the option of giving in to the fear and walking away. My philosophy in such cases has always been and will always be to give it a shot because if I do it, I’d get a story to tell and if something goes wrong, at least I’ll know that I tried.
And here I am! Telling that story!
So, I stood there. But then I closed my eyes, looked at the giant Lord Shiva statue and said ‘yes’ to the Banana Boat guy. We went in the ocean with the ocean breeze caressing my hair like a mommy bird who is about to train her young one to fly. When they reached the spot, the speedboat took a sharp turn and the banana boat, sure enough, turned like a log and we all fell. Splash!
The next few seconds were just heartbeats when I gulped some water, the salt gushing in my nose and mouth. I regretted signing up but not for long.The thrust of the life jacket thrust me upwards and I breathed heavily as I reached the ocean surface. I saw all the smiling faces, all my friends, hooting, applauding my courage and holding hands.
For those few moments, I felt more alive than ever before. I felt as if had finally claimed my destiny. I lay in the lapping waves of the ocean and looked up at the clouds high above. Suddenly, life had a purpose and it was to live. Live to the fullest while you can- that was the message the ocean waves whispered in my ears. I floated like a log in the water and tried to swim. It was tough, so I went back to floating.
Finally, it was time to go back so, we went back, climbing, holding hands and pulling each other back into the boat. That was the day I realized that fear was nothing but a signal. A signal that something awesome is about to happen.
And till date, I crave for such moments, such days which can be used to bookmark my life, days which make it all… worthwhile.