Whenever people ask me, what is my biggest fear? So many thoughts flash through my mind

It’s not snakes, though I’m definitely not a fan of Nagini in Harry Potter

It’s not astraphobia, though you wouldn’t be able to pay me to stand outside in a thunder storm

It’s not even death itself; I’ve come to terms with death and though I’m definitely not ready for it, I understand that it’s a natural part of life on earth

These scare me, though aren’t my biggest fear

If I had to distil my greatest fear down into one simple statement it would be…

… the fear of getting to the end of my life and looking back at opportunities I didn’t take.

We are blessed with so many choices.

Whether we want to play sport, travel or follow creative pursuits – every single opportunity is there.

We all have desires and passions, the things that we love to do. Those activities where we truly feel ‘at home’

I wonder what those are for you?

For me whether it’s dancing out in the ring, running down the wing on the football pitch or sitting at the piano creating music I feel at peace. Everything fades away and for those magical moments I am in my purest form.

We don’t always know what it is that sets our heart on fire straight away.

When I was younger if you’d have told me that I’d find my peace from a combat sport I would’ve laughed.

Doing my roadwork and running for boxing was my most despised activity. I couldn’t see the sense behind this repetitive activity, however just years later one of my most formative personal experiences would come in the form of a 21km half-marathon…

My reaction if anyone tried to tell me when I was younger that I’d actually enjoy running

… life’s ironic hand always has the last life.

Without giving these activities a try I would never have discovered them. Sometimes in life that’s all it takes is just stepping a bit out of our comfort zone and it may lead to magic.

“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever does”

I want to live in such a way that I take every opportunity to experience all I can in the world. To continue to take risks, to never be withheld by internal doubts that I may not be good enough, I want to pursue the excitement that eternal learning and growth brings.

I’ll finish with one of my favourite passages by Les Brown –

Imagine you will be on your death bed and standing around your bed are the ghosts of the ideas, the dreams, the abilities, the talents given to you by life.

These are the ideas that you never pursued, the dreams that you never acted upon and the talents that you never used

The question is, if you were to die today, what ideas, abilities and dreams would die with you?”

My aim is at the end of my life to be content with all I’ve done.

To have no ghosts around my bedside because I lived the life that I chose instead of a life that I settled for.

If you haven’t yet, check out my other blogs – Introduction: Who is Nahu, Life Without a Father, Stories From The Street, Time Isn’t Real, How To Eternally GrowFilter Bubbles

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Nahu x

A life we chose not that we settled for

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A Gen-Y kid's blog on his journey of reflection and self-discovery. Stories of sport, adventure and travelling around the world come together to provide a unique perspective about overcoming adversity after a near-death experience. Tackling the big questions with real, unfiltered answers.

16 Comments

Kyle · August 20, 2018 at 8:17 AM

Awesome read mate, looking forward to the next.

    Nahu · August 20, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Thanks a lot for your comment Kyle. Going to be releasing plenty of blogs in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Matteo · August 26, 2018 at 10:48 PM

Yeah, i agree with what you say. And also, this makes me remember of a conversation i had with a friend once, about love & hate. We were just confronting the two, considering how it can be very thin sonetimes the limit line between them. But at some point she says… “Hate is not the opposite of love, cause you can feel both of them at the same time”. So i say ” what’s the opposite if love then?” and she says “fear.” And that made me think a lot about it… Because… I think is a matter of perspecrives. I really can understand this clash of opposites if i think at the spirit with which i take life’s events. Fear leads me to be careful, not to expose too much, to not risk it all. Love, instead, opens me so much that i really have no clue of the consequences, but i don’t care. And i don’t care cause ( personal opinion,🙂) from good intentions, good spirit, positive approach to life, it’s hard that bad things come as consequences. They obviously can, but not that much i believe 😊. So, it’s risky, dangerous, bit totally worth it, as u say. Better to ask forgiveness than permission 🙃.

    Nahu · August 26, 2018 at 11:13 PM

    Wow,
    What an interesting perspective! I’ve never thought about fear not hate being the opposite of love but when you put it like that it really does make sense. It is so true when everyone says the most underlying factor is to “do all things with love” because not only does that mean to do it with compassion but also with bravery and passion.
    I definitely agree, when you do things from a place of positivity and good intentions, generally it always ends up working out alright 🙂
    Thanks a lot for the comment! Look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on future blogs,
    Nahu

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