Daringly Happy

At school / college / university, I remember occasionally playing Truth or Dare.  If you don’t really want to play, the easy way is obviously to pick “truth” and lie.

The dares were generally for show offs.  While not synonymous and certainly not always negative, being daring and showing off are two traits that often come hand in hand.  Whether it be The Daily Mail’s headlines where “daring” is pretty much reserved for women not wearing much or a friend of mine really licking a buddy tractor tyre, there is a level of not wanting to be seen as weak in such an activity.  (Obviously in some instances sensibleness also goes out the window!)

Once upon a time, I asked someone why they were doing something which was a major life change.  They replied that it was something out of their comfort zone which, in essence, is the good form of daring.  Unfortunately they then followed up the comment with an added motivation of wanting to prove people wrong, and that’s the side of daring I have issues with.

Someone will always find a flaw in you.  Proving people wrong is a moving target that will never be reached and, while I’m sure it can provide personal development and give you a sense of pride, basing happiness on what other people of think of you doesn’t feel like the best way to me.

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here
Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before

Dare You To Move by Switchfoot

Comments 1

  1. I agree, Michael….it is not daring, in the true sense of the word, if one’s actions are motivated by peer pressure…daring to be true to oneself, and resisting the lure of trying to prove yourself to others is the real feat worth pursuing. Thanks for sharing…I’ve missed reading your posts…they are always so intriguing and thoughtful. 🙂

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