It’s rare for life to give us a sure shot at things. We go out to our usual restaurant and order our favorite meals, knowing that — for sure — they would taste good. We watch our favorite movies, buy our favorite flavor of chips, go to colleges our parents went to, read books recommended by friends, make only guaranteed investments, and follow only secure career paths. We do all that to achieve, or get closer to achieving, the impossible: perfection. We run away from the disappointments in our lives and crawl back to the familiar, to the comfortable, to the stable…
Then, however, we remember the thrill of trying something new.
Would we try something we haven’t tried if we knew exactly how it would feel? Would we experience something we haven’t experienced if we knew its exact outcome? Would we join a competition we are sure to win? Would we play a game if we knew the end score? Would we argue if we knew we were right? No. Though, even if we would we wouldn’t try as hard.
So again, what would we attempt to do if we knew we could not fail? The answer is nothing. For, fear, though paralyzing, gives a trophy its worth and makes life that much more enticing.