When The Walls Cave In
Expressing who we are, what we want, and to keep on moving.
Photograph Thomas Branconier
Melody Klamph, author of this piece, and I worked together some time ago in the food industry. Her wisdom comes from her youth at a learner-centred academy, where she was schooled, to then flower with maturity. Similar to how comedian George Carlin was instructed in his younger years, and then to express his observations of everyday life as an adult on stage. I hope you enjoy Melody's view on living a life that's wild and pure.
Most of us are no longer faced with life and death experiences on a daily basis and it's been a very long time since we've been this way. We have a sophisticated world now, with complex systems and gadgets to keep us connected and informed. We also have our minds that are capable of deciphering a real threat from make-believe.
We're hardwired with the ability to fear. It's a huge component of our animal instincts but it keeps us safe from danger. It's important to our survival, or at least it once was.
Then why is it that we have these intense and often irrational fears like stage fright or performance anxiety or camera shyness? Why do we feel anxious at parties, or sweaty and nervous before a big date?
It can't be that there's an actual perceived threat, it must be something else. Vanity? Fear of failure? Long standing defence mechanisms?
But what about that thrilling exhilaration you get when you're afraid to do something new and then you decide to take a leap and just go for it! I wonder if those "niggles" of fear are really just our internal road markers telling us that we're on a new path, not to veer off, not to return to our comfort zone, but to carry on and push toward this new place that's terrifying but potentially very rewarding. To develop a new skill, a new perspective on who you are and what you're capable of.
There aren't many circumstances in life where a comfortable, inactive place leads to change or personal growth. We need fear, we need discomfort.
So, when the walls cave in around us, these feelings can push us further past the tried-and-true, out of the nest, into something new and hopefully very rewarding.