Saturday, November 3, 2012

"Don't Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate" - Or, Living Up to Impossible Things

Because of Hurricane Sandy, I was out of power for four days. Thankfully, I had some battery life on my Zen (an mp3 player/radio... think iPod from Japan). Lying on my bed in the dark, I heard this song come on the radio:

If you can't see the video, it's "Kill Your Heroes" by Awolnation.

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in how incredibly awesome other people are, which makes you feel discouraged, like you're not that and you'll never get there. But you can get there, because they did, and they're just people. That's why I love the chorus. "Kill your heroes" -- stop idolizing other people so much. "Fly, fly, baby don't cry" -- go strive for what you want, instead of worrying about a top you think you can't reach. That's my interpretation, anyway.

It reminded me of this poem-ish-thing that's been running through my head:

They say never meet your heroes
But that is why I need to.
Thou shalt have no false idols
after all

Let me be disappointed.
Knock me off this cloud-covered plane.
Mist, not cotton
solid ground the
losing what I never had.

Prove it to me.

It's a dare, a sanity's need.

Prove that you're just human.

There are people out there with so much talent that it's hard to believe you can achieve something like what they have - I know, I feel that way, too. But their golden image is partly because of the dreamers polishing it that way.

Don't give up. You can join their ranks, too. You are, after all, human.


  1. Great post!
    And timely.
    I've been a little nervous to open up my editorial notes because the stakes suddenly seem so big.

    But what I really need to do is stop stalling and get to work.

    1. Holy cow, editorial notes? Go you! That does sound like a big step, but an exciting one. Good luck!