An interesting question.
I watched a TV programme on Sunday, Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? which is a gruelling yet highly addictive selection process of 12 seriously accomplished candidates all grappling to win a chance of walking on the moon. I am talking the likes of nuclear engineers, surgeons and RAF pilots where only one will make it through. And the best bit, they can be asked to leave at any time!
A series of physical and psychological tests are bestowed upon the candidates, the latter being the most fascinating to me. Even down to their micro-expressions which are constantly analysed. In one scene their personality undertakes a probing session when asked questions such as, “What is your biggest mistake?” and “What is your greatest fear?”
I don’t know about you but whenever I watch programmes like this I immediately start answering the question in my own head. I think the realisation that every thought process we have, every action we take and the behaviour we display reveals something about who we are as a person and it made me evaluate myself. Nowadays it’s becoming increasingly difficult for those who are untrue, to keep the mask on all the time. One action, word or expression can display a different persona. It’s captivating and engrossing stuff.
So one question in particular, “What is your greatest fear?” has been on my mind ever since. I knew the answer deep down and the fact that it fills me with panic and dread has given me a life injection.
I don’t mind sharing my greatest fear with you. It’s being an elderly lady sitting in a rocking chair, reflecting on life feeling upset that I didn’t live my life the way I wanted to, disappointed that I wasted my life and that I didn’t accomplish all my hopes and dreams. The anxiety and frustration this brings really gives me a good kick up the backside, a determination almost that I won’t be in that situation.
Live life to the fullest because it only happens once
So what do we do to overcome our fears? Does it drive us to doing the things we think we cannot do or is it a clear indication of the next thing we need to do? Or is there even an argument which says so what? Everyone fears something in some shape or form but does it mean we should put ourselves under pressure to overcome it or is it ok being content in not wanting to fight or change it?
One programme led me to feeling all these emotions but it has most definitely spurred me on to ensuring I live the best life that I can, the way I want to. It was a fantastic introduction to the series, one which has filled me with admiration for these smart individuals who have made it to the final 12.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear
I cannot wait for the next episode of Astronauts. Sunday night TV just got good. Catch up here on iPlayer to see the first episode or watch it live on BBC Two, Sundays at 9pm.
What is your greatest fear?
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