At the space station, astronauts are drilled thousands of times to prepare them for catastrophe. If your partner is incapacitated, if a parachute doesn’t deploy when you re-enter the atmosphere, that’s the kind of stuff they go through. So when Chris went blind while on a space walk, he wasn’t scared.
He’s a huge believer in doing what you’re afraid of. Of taking what makes you scared and doing it a hundred times. Chris, in his talk, uses the example of walking through a spider web to drive his point home, saying that if you deliberately walk through as many webs as you can find (making sure there aren’t any spiders in them) you will have fundamentally changed the fear you have associated with them. You’ll stop freaking out over the potential, remote danger of being fatally bitten and see the real (minimal) risk involved with the activity. Because fear is what holds us back from experiencing beautiful and great things. From seeing the “jaw-dropping gorgeousness” of our world, as he puts it.
So now I dare you to apply this to an aspect of your life. Do something today that scares you. It probably sounds beyond cheesy but, seriously, it’s not like you’ll be stranded blind in space if you fail. So just take a shot at something new.
What was your favourite part of the Ted Talk?
P.S. Don’t miss the song Chris plays at the end, it’s quite beautiful :’)
All the best,