Jim knew the cure for dealing with what scares the piss out of you. Though his offbeat ways and oft eccentric behavior may have been perceived as questionable by many, I find those aspects only serve to induce further fascination for me. He was a poet at heart and I find his words insightful. You don’t have to be a poet or, like me, a fan of The Doors to get what he’s saying. In fact, I daresay we all already know this cure, but I’ll say it out loud anyway because I need to hear it- out loud and in print with the purpose of not being able to pretend I don’t know it (out of fear, naturally).
IF SOMETHING SCARES THE PISS OUT OF YOU, YOU MUST SAY YES TO IT.
Even the little things that don’t actually scare the piss out of you per se, but cause you a bit of uneasiness for no logical reason? Say yes to it. Do it. Think of it as a sign from the universe that you are being called to it, and recognize the niggling of fear as an indicator that “I’m meant to do this” and jump in. Not the things you don’t have peace about within and know not to participate in instinctively- always listen to your gut in those instances. I’m talking about the myriad of situations or circumstances that keep popping up or showing themselves to you one way or another in your life and you feel drawn to, and yet panicked by. This is the magnetic force of the universe attempting to guide you on your path. The things that will make the most difference in your life once you accomplish them are the very things you will be the most frightened of. This is what you need to remember every time fear is about to stop you in your tracks. I picture it as though my life is a board game (as I’ve said before, I always need a good visual or parable to make something stick- it’s my nature). We roll the dice and move along 1-6 spaces most of the time, but if we earn a card from the FEAR deck and see the mission through, we get to LEAP to the next level. While perhaps not the quantum leap through spacetime like Sam Beckett, “striving to put right, what once went wrong” most of us will agree that a “huge, often sudden, increase or change” in our lives is almost always welcome. Especially when it takes us to the next level. And who knows what may be waiting for us there? Let’s not be too scared to find out. As Jim pointed out, facing your fear is the key to your freedom. And I don’t know about you, but I happen to like being free.