What I learnt this week: Fearless

So my journey into 13 different worlds at the Melbourne International Film Festival is over.  It was heart breaking, uplifting and eye opening.  I loved it.  And funnily enough there was a very strong theme in all of the films I chose…

Every character had a sense of fearlessness.  Whether it was a woman with an intellectual disability who was beginning her first relationship at 50 OR a man traveling with a an elephant across Thailand by foot, in an attempt to get him back to his home OR a group of black, underprivileged teenage girls aspiring to college whilst working in a creative dance team- they were all fierce.

Some were fictional characters and some were real.  My favourite was a young Pakistani girl called Marie who played squash internationally, in spite of death threats from the Taliban (a true story).  She wasn’t willing to give up her dream for those who threatened it.

In fact Marie summed it up perfectly in one line when she said- ‘We are born fearless.  Fear can only be learnt.’

It’s so very true.

As an adult almost anything can be scary- if we let our fear get the better of us.  We must dig deep and see where we might be holding ourselves back.  As we need to be constantly reminded to get out of our comfort zone.  To be challenged.

I remember before I walked the Spanish Camino in 2013  I thought I was adventurous.  However I really wasn’t living my life adventurously.  I was scared and safe in my little routine.  But after that 600km  walk I had the courage to move my life to the UK where I only knew 1 person!  In 2 years I traveled to 16 countries, made new friends and built a life for myself.  I came back  to Australia fearless.

However that type of feeling can fade and you need to seek out challenges, otherwise you don’t grow as a human.  These challenges will be different for everyone- marriage, jobs, traveling.  You just gotta shake that fear by doing the thing that scares you.

You can do it.  Be fearless.  It’s how you were born.

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