“Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”

If you are (sort of) a movie buff like I (sort of) am, it is a quote that should sound pretty familiar. If you are not a movie buff, this quote has made appearance in a number of Hollywood movies (which I can’t unfortunately name one now) like A Cinderella Story  (this is me wildcard guessing) among others . In my opinion, it is the next “most-quoted” quote after “Our fear is not that we are inadequate…” .

So for a very long time, it (the former quote) has not been one of those quotes that hit me hard and make sense immediately. It was actually a bit of work to get it, and I have now. I think.

I guess the slowness I had was caused by me taking the sports undertone literally. I have never played/participated in any sport. I have zero interest in any sport and can’t even tell the rules of any game.

Maybe that’s why I don’t know about this fear that comes with playing in a major game. The fear that comes with being responsible for the deciding shot, that makes your team win or lose. The fear that numbs your sense of feel and blinds your eye and the heartbreak that comes even before you have failed. The fear that magnifies the tiniest details, and exaggerates the most unnecessary distractions. For a fear that I claim is unfamiliar, I seem to have managed to describe it quite well.

So basically, I cannot allow the said “fear” to keep me from striking, from attempting to win. Because if I did not take the shot, I would automatically lose.

I like that word Automatic/Automatically. It makes for an awesome prefix. Most times.  Automatic updates, automatically answers, automatic juicer, automatically opens. It’s a really cool word except for when it comes before “lose” and any of its generic synonyms.

There are so many great verbs you would love to have automatic aid in achieving them/doing but Lose is definitely not one of them. Especially if it is something that you are really gunning for.

So yeah, after  a slow but sure dissection of the quote, I have FINALLY come to relate with what the quote is trying to say. It is not merely talking about sport and/or any sort of game that has to do with striking.

I understand now that it is more of a metaphor, that the originator (who is most likely a fan of baseball) used to pass a message (I just googled to check this out, and she(of course Google is a woman) thinks it’s a Sam Montgomery (whom I have never heard of till now) and Babe Ruth (who is a renowned Baseball player) that said this first). I would say that its originally Sam’s but  Babe jocked it with his fame and all.

But I deviate ( as I find that I usually do).

What Sam/Babe were thinking when they said this now popular quote was to find a relatable subtle way of asking us to adopt Courage as a strength, without any underlying hint of pressure and responsibility.

My Best Definition of Courage says courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength that prevails in the face of fear. The ability to dare to push again, not recoil in fright, faint in pain nor give up in grief.

I don’t think Courage is a fruit of the Holy Spirit(actually I know) but I like to think of it as a by-product of Faith.

Courage says “against all odds..”

Courage knows against all odds (sometimes they even gamble and place bets).

Courage has negotiations with your dreams and aspirations, and convinces them to pitch a tent in your reality.

Courage says enough is enough.

Courage knows that win or lose, not doing anything at all is a worse-off feeling. It understands that striking out is not the end.

Courage lives on the Other side of Fear.



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