Twenty Seconds of Insane Courage

>> Saturday, April 28, 2012

Over the holy week, unlike so many sun + beach worshippers, I stayed home, shifted onto my social recluse version and watched one too many movies and Grey Anatomy episodes. One of the quotes I've heard that day unwittingly struck a chord:

"All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, and I promise you, something great will come of it."

Benjamin Mee, played by Matt Damon, uttered those words to tell his kids to be brave --- whether it's approaching the most beautiful woman he's seen at a cafe, or becoming, quite unsuspectedly, the new owners of an abandoned zoo.

I am nowhere going to the direction of reviewing the movie --- it has been more than two weeks ago, and had shown in theaters last year. I do remember a lot of wisdom in that single line --- and that very line jolted me out of bed this Saturday afternoon as I tried to recreate Izzy Stevens' 24 hours of lying down on a bathroom floor when Denny Duquette died. I lied there in complete silence, with no thoughts, no expressions, no nothing.

And then I remembered.

Many times, we're stumped with fear, paralyzed into not choosing to move because it's all so comfortable and the thought of venturing into a life without a certain something is unthinkable. Moving away from our comfort zones entail a lot of hurting, a lot of pain, it may mean a dislocated shoulder {in the event of a handstand gone wrong}, a battered ego, a room for misinterpretations, a wounded heart.

But that venture out of the line that separates comfort and adventure ---- that's usually the beginning of a story we tell our grand kids. Someone said no one looks back and regrets the things they did --- usually, it's the ones we never have. I don't want to be that.

I'm ready.

3 butterfly kisses:

Anonymous,  April 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM  

Thanks for sharing this, there's one phrase in this movie that can be really inspiring when having doubts..."Why not?".

April,  April 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM  

What a nice inspiring thought to start my day. Thanks for sharing this... even if I am still not ready... I'll get there, someday...

Teeyah. April 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM  

Hi Anonymous: Why not is also a very good guiding principle in life, me thinks. :D

Hi April: In time, you will be :)

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