"Everything is so fragile. There's so much conflict, so much pain. You keep waiting for the dust to settle and then you realize this is it: the dust is your life, going on. If happy comes along -- that weird, unbearable delight that's actual happy -- I think you have to grab it while you can. You take what you can get because it's here, and then, gone."
I found that quote from a comic book, of all places, and it got me thinking about how much time we spend NOT pulling the trigger. We keep waiting for that right moment, for our lives to be perfect, for the situation to be perfect, for the stars to align properly before we make our move. And by the time we're prepared to seize the moment, it's passed us by. We convince ourselves we weren't meant to have what we want when that happens. I'm accusing the human race of doubt-driven complacency.
I know I'm guilty of it.
I've done it a million times. I've allowed myself to not pursue some things, some people, some goals out of doubt and fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear of humiliation. Even fear of success. And I know not all of us are afraid of the same things, but the fear is still there. So now that this has been acknowledged, what is there to do with it?
My brother always tells me that the key is play recognition: realizing what you're dealing with at the point of impact, and then you strike at the first opportunity. The flaw in that logic is finding the right moment.