I think that tonight I learned something from a wise, wise man; whom died thirty-four years previous.
In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Children of Hurin, Hurin's son, Turin, is talking to a servant of his father's who he considers one of his closest friends. This is Sador. Sador's tale is of one of the great battles against an evil lord and the Orcs. Within it, it would seem it is just another view into the history of Middle Earth, right at the begining of the elder days. But then he says something that struck me. After they had falsely believed they had won and destroyed evil permanently, he left the ranks of the army to go back to his wooded home, afraid that he would be maimed or killed in the battles that could later happen. While at home, he cuts his own foot off, by accident, with an axe while working. That leg shriveled up and died, and now he only has one leg.
But that still didn't phase me, though it is rightfully related to that story.
He told Turin,
"... for a man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.' "There have been some things in the past that, yeah, I KNOW work perfectly with this statement. In fact, some things in life I know make this ring true... There have been things that I've been too afraid to do that, in the end, well, I either avoided as long as possible, OR, completely ignored.
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Hurin
And there was a rhyme and reason to my actions (at least within my head). Little did I know, they would blow up in my face many times worse that I could have imagined if I had done the action that needed to be done. I'm not going to bring up what those are, though some of you have ideas and are wrong, and some that have ideas are right.
Even with the events though, I never realized it within my life until I read that statement. We can't run from our fears... even if things could get bad if we go through with whatever is causing the fear.
This is for those who feel that the fear in the path ahead is too much, don't turn back.
That path is not as rough as it may seem, for at the end, no matter the consequences, there is a smoother landing, leading you to a higher ground.
But don't take that smoother path, thinking the darkness of fear is too much for you to handle.
Don't ignore the path!
Though it may be smooth today, it may not be quiet so smooth tomorrow, and will lead to a darker path.
This is for those who don't feel that the darkness of fear is too much, this is for those who will stand up and fight the good fight. You can see the dangers that lie straight ahead, but you will take them on one by one, and when you reach the end, a new world will arise ahead, more beautiful than you've ever seen, because....
The Darkness always comes before the dawn...