Friday, June 1, 2012

Freedom is the absence of fear

I have a buddy who has just flung herself loose from a job role that she expected more from. Regrouping.

I know a person who hasn't been out of a job since 1991 - even then only for a week - who has a heap of education (and experience) now but no employer. Living on day rates.

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Another, an electrician with a family whose pay got held last week and job dissolved because of the Hastie group collapse. Job interview two days ago.

Another girl who's now a consultant after her employer last year said "we're going broke, I'll be cutting one of you a month for six months". Left and is living on billable hours.

A businessman who recently cut a business development manager and two production people, is now back in the seat himself as BDM because they were bleeding from the neck.

I've watched dozens of videos of people who jump off a 500ft rock or bridge with a piece of fabric in a bag that (mostly) opens up and lets them land. Some are now "simply" landing a wingsuit. Somehow. Jumping out of a plane is the shallow end of the pool.

We've been here before. We can handle whatever comes.

Kris Kristoffersson said that "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" but I think it's more than that.

Freedom is the absence of fear.

More than that. I know deluded fearless people.

Freedom is the absence of fear, even when you see the world with clarity.

And by "absence" I probably mean not being controlled by fear. Feeling the fear and pushing on. And that takes courage. Here's to freedom. May we all continue to seek it.

update: A new friend of mine, Kyung, asked me if I meant to echo Mark Twain's quote that "courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it"

I thought I was the walking dictionary of quotations. Thanks Kyung.

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