To live life to the fullest, we must be afraid. It’s in our genes. Rene touched on something in her recent post about Fearvana that got me thinking about exactly that. That being fear, and how we need to embrace it, that is.
To Live Life to the Fullest, Be Afraid
Not long before discovering Fearvana myself, I read an article about how to live your best life and maintain a healthy brain, by living the life for which you have evolved. This conversation about how to live life to the fullest delves into how evolution has prepared us to live a certain way, which most of us are not doing.
It takes around a million years for evolutionary change to happen in a species…Each of us, however, sees drastic changes in our lifestyle and environment over a matter of a few years. ~Dr. Arash Javanbakht
To live our best life, we must change:
- How We Eat
- How We Move
- How We Sleep
- How We Fear
Yes, fear. In that podcast about Fearvana, Akshay Nanavanti mentions the old adage, “Don’t be afraid to fail.” He then quickly proceeds to debunk it outright. He suggests its better to be utterly afraid, and try anyway. Even if you do fail, it is only by embracing our fears and overpowering them that we truly grow.
Adversity is one of our greatest gifts and a necessary access point to reach the next stage of our personal evolution. ~ Akshay Nanavanti
Which brings me back to that evolution article. I’ve spoken about how comfort is overrated before, but never knew there was actual science to back that up. It makes sense. For many millennia, as a species, we ate a primarily vegetarian diet of roots, berries, greens, and on a good day some fish or grubs. During those same thousands of years, we remained very active, keeping our heart rate up simply trying to survive by walking, climbing, and running – often from predators. Our lifestyle maintained a slower pace, and our sleep patterns followed a more circadian rhythm.
And yes, we were afraid. For millennia, we human beings were regularly exposed to fear from predators or opposing tribes out to get us, or from our own tribal members trying to steal our food or status. I’m also certain our prehistoric predecessors were frequently afraid of the unknown. After all, not much was known at the time, and a solar eclipse may have sent them running back to the cave.
And this brings me back to our nomadic lifestyle, and how I now know it is keeping us alive. Living the life we live helps us live our life to the fullest. For starters, we’re doing our best to keep up the exercise and eat a pretty healthy diet. But this lifestyle can also get pretty scary. Ours does at least, since we tend to frequently put ourselves in one scary situation after another. And that is a good thing.
Our current life is usually too safe…Finally, you may need a regular dose of healthy and safe exposure to real-life excitement, and a little bit of fear. ~Dr. Arash Javanbakht
Akshay agrees, I wonder if the two have ever met. One of his suggestions for living life to the fullest, is to do something that scares you at least once a week. There I go digressing again…
Leaving our lucrative business we left behind in the default life was a pretty scary first step, which we powered through pretty quickly. The dreaded engine ding of death, boondocking in remote spots, spending weeks in Slab City, navigating L.A. traffic with the trailer, and RVing to Alaska all come with a good dose of fear. And that is a good thing.
We have not had much to fear over the past few months, living in luxury with full hookups and the security of an accommodating RV resort community with all the amenities. All that will change soon as we hit the road again, with many unknowns around the bend and our first marathon looming on the not too distant calendar.
Am I afraid? You bet. And I’m better for it.
What are you afraid of?