Courage, young warrior.

It takes bravery and courage to move forward through life. Over and through and under and around all the obstacles and resistance rising up to thwart us.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important. - Theodore Roosevelt
 Confronting fears and pushing forward despite them takes strength. I like to think the Fool isn't unaware of the cliff before them, or the precipice of unknown. Instead, they're choosing to focus on the possibilities, the positive, and the potential gain of flight. They've stopped second guessing. They've stopped doubting. They've stopped asking "what if" and decided to find out what they're capable of.

"The Fool's Journey" is often described as the parallel of "The Hero's Journey" which most avid readers would agree is a staple framework for the majority of literature out there, as well as movies. But as the calendar turns and offers an opportunity to "start fresh," I've found that what it's inspired in me is the strength to let go.

For me, taking that step means making the decision to do a final editing pass on a story that's been with me since my teens, in what seems a thousand variations and iterations. It is a fragment of my magnum opus; the story is so large it will require more than a single book for the telling. I've sat on it for a couple years now, stalled and stagnated, unwilling to release it, the need for perfection and control too strong to overcome, the fear of finishing, of completion, paralyzing me.

So this is not so much some character in a story I'm telling who's embarking on some new journey of self discovery and enlightenment as it is the choice to face one's fears and push forward into the unknown regardless. This is more important to me than any misgivings I harbor, it means more than my flaws and my weaknesses. I will not let me keep this story from telling itself any longer. I have the next part of it to work on, and my death grip on this part will cripple me no more.

The energy of the Fool gives me courage to face my reflection in the mirror, look myself in the eye, and give a Lion's Roar.


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  1. Feel the fear and do it anyway. My dad's favourite motto. That's bravery rather than acting unaware of the pitfalls. The wise Fool.

  2. WIth that courage and strength comes control, you are now in control of your fear, with that control, letting go of it will be so freeing!!

  3. Going againts the norm is always viewed as foolish, we are a herd of sheep. The fool as the courage to break away and create his own path.

  4. First off, the quote by Roosevelt, could not be more perfect for this card and my own personal understanding of the "risks" that the fool takes. Secondly, (and totally unrelated), I LOVE staedtler pens, they are the best. Lastly, while I always look at the Fool as a seeker, as someone who pushes beyond comfort for ultimate wisdom, and beauty and joy, I had never considered how releasing and letting go are a part of that cycle of learning that the Fool must go through. That is a gem of an insight and I adore this post you've written on it. Thank you.

  5. All the strength and power to you and your open hand as your let in possibility! Also, Lisa Frank definitely inspires my teenage "anything is possible right now" feelings ;)


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