How To Live Dangerously a.k.a. Fearlessness
With all her worldly possessions in one small pack, the Fool traveled aimlessly.
The air was cold and wintry, the trees bare. She knew she had started on her spiritual journey in earnest, but felt strangely empty and profoundly sad, as if she had lost something.
Before her she saw, rising with the sun, a skeleton in black armor mounted on a white horse. She recognized it as Death. As it stopped before her, she humbly asked, “Have I died?” And the Skeleton answered, “Yes in a way. You sacrificed your old world, your old self. Both are gone, dead.”
The Fool could not keep from weeping. “Forgive me,” she said, embarrassed by her tears.
“There is nothing to forgive,” Death replied. “Mourning is natural and you must deal with your loss before you can accept anything new. Keep in mind, however, that old leaves must wither and fly away from a tree’s branches, leaving them bare, before new green leaves can appear.”
As Death rode away, the Fool saw the truth in those words. She, too, felt like a skeleton, all that she was stripped away. This, she understood, was how all great transformations started, by removing everything down to bare bone or soil so that something new had room to grow.
Paraphrased from The Story of the Tarot
SUPERHEROES DON’T DO FEAR!
The first superhero trait we’re going to tackle is fearlessness because being a superhero is impossible without it.
This experiment will not give you any answers. It will not make you feel safe.
It is an experiment that will make you feel uncertain. It will make you feel insecure, because that’s how life is; a wild and precarious mystery.
Our greatest fear is fear of the unknown, but clinging to what’s familiar prevents us from growing. It prevents us from contributing to the world around us.
Only idiots believe there is some answer out there that will solve all their problems and make them feel warm and safe and fuzzy.
You are not an idiot. Idiots don’t find this website. You are the S.H.I.T.
[S]uper [H]ero [I]n [T]raining
Life must be lived dangerously. We must be willing to risk the known for the unknown because then we will be better equipped to put a dent in the Universe.
Are you ready to accept your first mission?
SCREW THAT! JUST DO IT, DAMN IT!
MISSION #1 – KILL YOURSELF
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”
This mission isn’t about curing you of your bad habits or turning your life around, it’s about getting started and making you more aware of the role fear plays in your life.
You can tackle something small or the biggest obstacle you’re facing…it’s up to you. Action is the greatest cure for fear.