There isn’t a lot in life that’s surprising unless you’re willing to be surprised. Courting surety might be a gainful endeavor, but the gains are small, the endeavor almost trite. There’s always someone who said it better. Nothing ventured nothing gained. You can’t win what you don’t bet. That sort of thing.
Stepping boldly into No Man’s Land isn’t something that one should do on a whim. Correction, if it is a whim, than God bless you. But most don’t have that fortitude. I’ll stop being platitudinous.
Facing a world that is much too big and facing it nonetheless takes courage. People talk of courage all the time, but I mean to define it, and this is the best I can do at the moment. Of course there are varying degrees, of course there’s always a person who is doing more and doing it better. But that’s part of it. Hell yes for that person, but also, screw them. Thinking about them and how you fall short of their mark is a mechanism designed for hampering. It takes courage to not be hampered.
Hold fast. It’s one of the best phrases, because it fulfills both requirements. First, it sounds cool. Two, it’s proper medicine. Efficacious, as they say. Hold fast when the waves start tumbling over and there’s no air to breathe. Churn, let the collapse happen and know that it will keep happening. Then you’re able to act. The calamitous nature of nature will not ebb, so it’s best to forget about it. Better still, don’t forget. Understand.
Hold fast brothers and sisters. See you after.