I’ve heard that everyday one should do something that makes one afraid. See me on the back of that motorcycle? Well, I was definitely nervous to swing my leg over the back of the seat and let go. I was about to take the ride of my life. I’d seen these moto taxis, for days now, usher people to the top of Vidigal, a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood perched on the side of a steep mountain. This is not a leisurely ride to the top but a trip in which one prays, swears and winces until feet are planted firmly back on the ground. Switchbacks, obstacles, blind curves, passing between cars and concrete walls are customary occurrences while zipping back and forth.
Once off and my heart rate settled down, I felt exhilarated. What an experience. What had been blurry from down below was now clear and distinct and the vast ocean lay before me – a whole new perspective. As an artist, how many times do I put my creativity out on a limb like that – take a chance with something new and unknown? To let oneself cut loose creatively often feels like swinging a leg over the back of that moto taxi, but it must be done. Traveling down an unknown path can lead to ideas buried deep or a release of fresh new patterns of thought.
I recommend giving it a try. Once you face your fears, you have no idea where you might end up and what’s tangible from a new viewpoint.Read More