“To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” Soren Kierkegaard
I dare you to go out today and be the best you can be. I dare you to go out today and make a difference. I dare you to go out today and live the life you’ve always dreamt of. Go on. I dare you…
How I wished someone had said this to me. They didn’t. Butsomething did. That something was my urge to travel the world. To see beyond my comfort zone and be inspired by the world and all its beauty. Travel taught me that to sit in my old zone of comfort and monotony was going to get me the same old thing:
Mediocrity and failure.
It’s not easy to break free of your shackles. To break free of your perceived limitations. To simply break free. But it is possible.
During my last trip to India I found myself in the city of Varanasi. Varanasi is nicknamed ‘the city of fire’. The reasoning behind this becomes self-evident as you walk along the cobbled streets overlooking the Ganges, the sun rising and the musky smell of smoke descending all around you. Varansi is a special place. Hindus believe in cremation and Varanasi is Cremation central. The River Ganges is considered holy, and to be cremated and scattered in its waters is the ultimate sense of completion for many.
My story of daring myself to be the best I could be started on a cold morning as I walked along the riverbanks. I found myself meandering through the small alleyways and came face to face with the main funeral pyre of Varanasi.
As I stood there in shock I placed myself within eyesight of the cremations and silently watched. What I saw was the inevitable. Death. What I also saw was the not so inevitable. Life. Real life.
You see, we all share the same fate. Each and every one of us will die, but how many of us will share the fate of those who fully live? Who dare to be great?
I dare you to go out today and live greatly.