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I have been looking at a lot of Viking shows lately. The Last Kingdom is my favourite but I have to wait until they post season 4, which they just completed filming at the end of last year. After I studiously looked at the TLK( The Last Kingdom) in a loop while I waited for a new season, I decided to give The Vikings a try. I got hooked in the sheer misery and despair. The Vikings, a darker version of TLK, without the warm romance, the playful humor and a realistic storyline actually loosely based upon a real hero of the times, was reminiscent of GOT. It had the same mortality and vulnerability of the heroes, no one safe from a sudden storyline twist that ended your favorite character abruptly and cruelly, sometimes leaving you disgusted and exhausted but yet returning for more binging, bringing with it more pain.
I remember the daring sea adventures the Vikings set sail for, the trepidation and fear of the unknown, the perils of unpredictable weather at sea on the primitive ships of the era. Their resolve to embark despite the overwhelming odds against success due to scarce experiences of others to use as inspiration and guidance was remarkable. Yet as a result of the risks, they were rewarded handsomely with the exploits of new discoveries in the form of glory, booty and increased confidence. Surely they spent time planning for their journey, stocking up rations and preparing the ships for the hazardous expanse of water that stretched beyond their eyes, but yet they knew the journey would be dangerous. However these things did not prevent them from embarking on their quest.
In life, it is similar. We are never guaranteed a favorable outcome, all we have is the chance of success, only possible by venturing forward. If the Vikings had decided to ponder too long about their chances of success, most of their journeys would have not been undertaken.
You are guaranteed failure by not attempting. Although failure is possible, on the other side of that possibility lies amazing. Will Smith likes to say, "on the other side of fear is amazing". He once bungeed from a helicopter into the Grand Canyon. Was he crazy? Yes, to some extent. Did he assess the situation, educating himself, surrounding himself with experts before he attempted this? Yes!
If you want to live a life of little regrets, fulfilling your potential and achieving things big and small, you must quit overthinking and just do. #matsochobaskaro (mat socho bas karo is sanskrit - "Don't think, just do")
On my arm is a tattoo, "Faith over Fear". Many people think this is about believing in God. It's not. It's about having faith that although things can go wrong, if you take the necessary precautions, prepare yourself, you'll be fine almost all the time. I got that tattoo at a low point in my life, when I started kayaking, relatively inexperienced, but with a love of the water with a bit of fear. How can you live in Florida and not worry about gators when in the water? That's when I employed "faith over fear". I practiced kayaking to where I was fairly confident in my ability to navigate and control my kayak in various conditions. I researched extensively about the habits of gators and spoke to other kayakers who regularly kayaked in gator infested waters. I decided I knew enough to not live in fear of all the horrible images of me capsizing in the water and being taken down in the depths of the cold black water in the jaws of a gator. This was all in my mind. You must prepare, train, educate and inform yourself and then go and do it. At that point, you have faith in yourself. I even carried a knife with me, for I knew that a gator will give up readily if its victim fights back.
The result of challenging a fear, will be an exhilarating realization that you're living, you're embracing life instead of living in fear. Don't do stupid impulsive things without assessing it first, but don't let your analysis get you afflicted with an ailment known as analysis paralysis. Here's a photo from that first trip out on a vast freshwater lake. I must admit that I was scared and my first voyage was short but later I spent many lovely mornings and evenings on that lake.
The first voyage. The sign didn't help.
After I developed more confidence and was able to capture a lovely sunset.
Then one time, I even dared to launch my drone and hand catch it from the kayak!
Stop thinking too much. Live! Now!