Execute a Google search about greatest fears and up near the top you will find Fear of Flying and Fear of Public Speaking. I am well aware that when people filling out these surveys list flying as a fear that they are referring to airplanes and the anxiety that comes with being confined to a heap of metal and bolts that propels you above the clouds from Los Angeles to New York in the proverbial blink of an eye. To me, fear of flying represents the inability or perhaps the unwillingness to try new things because the possibility of failure is too great to take. So often people, myself included, look up to the heavens to ask what their purpose is or their true gift. We never tap into our greatness because failing publicly can leave scars that are emotional.
Have you ever looked into a person’s eyes, the windows to the soul? Some eyes show love. Others are brimming with confidence and hope while others have the look of reserve. Reserved to live a life that is just good enough or even worse, one that is unfulfilling and empty. Is it the fear of flying that prevents them from improving their life? Now, improvement is not all about the number of zeroes and commas in your bank account. The eyes of a child should be full of hope about the possibilities that the word has to offer. The eyes of adults, at least many adults, are full of the realization that life is hard and the world is cruel. The emotional scabs that remain from poor decisions and inertia can feel as heavy as the planet that Atlas hefted.
Not everyone is born to soar as high as the stars but feeling the wind beneath your wings even for short moments and shedding the self-imposed limitations has got to be better than being anchored to the ground and staring into the great blue of what if.
So here I stand, Javon Adams. Father. Husband. Entrepreneur. Emcee. Aspiring radio personality. Man of faith. I may not fear speaking in front of crowds, rhythmically or otherwise. My fear of flying in my life has weighed me down for too long. I think it is time to LEAP in faith and no matter how spectacularly and frequently I fail, I will rise and fly again.