Every now and then, there are strings of words that really hit me with profoundness.
Tonight, reading the last secret on PostSecret, I came across this:
And I agree. Like the quote from After Earth, where Will Smith says “Fear is not real. It is the product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” I find this one to be equally valuable and true.
Does loneliness truly exist? No. Singularity exists. Loneliness is an emotion. We create it. We feed it. And we can break it. I feel like this is one of those lines that can bring someone out of a slump, if they are in the mindset to accept these words of wisdom.
Tonight I went and saw After Earth with my mom. It was a pretty good movie, and on a scale of movies that I’ve seen recently, it was better than Iron Man 3 but not as good at Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Anyway, there was a part where Will Smith’s character, Cypher, is telling his son Kitai (real life son Jaden Smith) about the first time he ghosted. I honestly dipped out of that part of the movie mentally and didn’t hear parts of it, HOWEVER, I did hear the most poignant line of the whole movie, which is also shortened into the tagline of this movie.
Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.
This really stood out to me as something that is not only true, but something that I need to incorporate in my life more. Throughout the whole movie, I was obsessing in the back of my mind about my molar that is aching and probably needs a root canal. I don’t really want to admit that it needs one, and it has greatly to do with fear. I do not like pain (who does?) but I can bear it if I have to. I haven’t yet come across pain that I haven’t been able to get over. It’s all carnal. It passes, as we do in these bodies.
But anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I respect and admire this line. There’s more to it, as it’s a whole monologue, but the section about “it is a product of thoughts you create” cannot be any more true. Cypher talks about fear as an emotion that is created by the unknown. It’s a useless emotion. It’s like worrying – it’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you any where.
As I continue my journey of conquering fears this year, I also continue on the journey of eliminating fear from my life. It is not an easy task. It never has been, it never will be. But as fear is a choice that we make, so is strength, so is courage. It’s the ability to choose what will give you the benefit that makes the difference.