We are entering a new year.
My thirtyfirst year of living.
This year is going to be very different from 2010. In all ways imaginable. But there is also something I want to bring with me into this new year, something I want to stay the same.
Once upon in a time I lived a stable and perfect life. Never afraid of anything.
This year I have done things I have never done before, my emotional life has been on a rollercoaster, up and down, up and down. I have been bored and exhilirated. I have been happy and scared to death. In love and completely desperate. Sometimes all at the same time.
Looking back at all this, nothing has really been too bad, nothing to be afraid of. But I didn’t know that then.
The real heroes in our world are the ones who despite their fear goes ahead and do it anyway.
It might look like people like Gandhi or Nelson Mandela were never afraid, that they had some inner strength that we lack.
I don’t believe that.
I believe they are just as afraid as we are. They were only better at ignoring that feeling, moving forward anyway.
They are no different from us. What they have done, we can do.
We must face our fears, stand up and tell it to it’s face that no matter how loud it screams, we are not going to listen.
We must go the whole way, live life fully, no matter what it means. We cannot all fight for independence or abolish apartheid, but we can give all we have right now, right here.
We can dare ourselves to fall in love even when it looks stupid, dare to be honest with the ones we meet, trust people we have never met. Dare to risk it all, dare to fail. Dare to stand there looking like fools when we do something weird. Sing when we bike down the street and see astonishment and smiles on peoples faces.
We must stand up against the impossible without closing our hearts and turn around.
Dare to be human
Maybe that means having more bad days than before, but maybe we will also have more great days. It is a risk. It is dangerous. It might be crazy, immature and stupid.
But to survive in a crazy world, we must be a little bit more crazy.
Stop waiting for some hero to come and save us. It will never happen, no one will do it for you.
2011 is the year when we have the chance to be the heroes in our own lives.
Take that chance.