Preface: I apologize for breaking my intended “Silly Monday,” but I promise you will not be mad at me for long.
I am pretty much convinced at this point that, in order for something to be good, it needs to scare you a little bit.
This applies to most everything. Let me explain: I have decided that before we reach 2015, I will be living in a different country. Currently the plan is to go to China and teach English, but if I get the chance I could be working in Europe, or maybe even with the WHO or PAHO, most likely in South America. Any of these things scares the crap out of me, especially China, where I don’t speak the language and don’t understand the culture. But they all represent positive steps forward, a break from the norm, and each move me toward my overall goal: to live abroad, teach or interpret in order to close the gap between languages. I want to help establish a feeling of global community, because I feel our best shot for evolving as a species is to work together as a whole.
My second piece of evidence is relationships. Now, let me clarify; you should not be afraid of your partner. This may just by my opinion, but I’m pretty sure it’s also considered abuse. I do believe though, that you should be afraid of losing your partner. This fear should not paralyze you, and instead motivate you to be the best you can be. I am not advocating that your relationship should cause you anxiety or any other form of stress, but for me, if I’m not a little scared that things will go wrong, it’s probably a good sign that they already have.
My third point is much more in line with my usual Monday posts, and believe it or not, it was the launching point for this whole piece: The Mantis Shrimp has been my favorite animal for about a year, and it absolutely terrifies me. This little beauty is absolutely the most amazing, the most gorgeous, the most badass and scary animal I have ever heard of. I love the honey badger too, but honestly sea creatures are always more likely to cause me to soil my underwear.
I started writing a post about the Mantis Shrimp and why it is probably the beginning of the Kraken legends, but due to my last post about The Oatmeal*, I discovered that he has done it infinitely better than I feel I could. So please check out this comic.