I have been thinking more recently about fear. I don’t mean this in a writing sense, but in a personal sense – what am I afraid of, and why? And while that alone could fill up an entry (or three), it’s not what I want to talk about in this entry. I want this one short and sweet.
I collect quotes, and eight or nine years ago (ish – my estimates of time are on the loose side), I came across this one, that I want to share with you guys. It relates, and it is by one Steve Jobs. (You guys know I am no huge Apple fan, and having collected this before his death, I think it has more meaning now).
“Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~Steve Jobs
I could say a lot on that, but I couldn’t say it better. This is what I have to remind myself: I have nothing to lose. I don’t get to take anything with me when I go, and I get no do-overs. One life, and this is it.
In as much as fear holds us back from life, it is a preview of death. And I mean to live.