By Jackie Zimmer

Will Smith…. He introduced us to the West Philadelphia (Fresh Prince Of Bel Air), battled alients (Independence Day), he taught us that being a drunk super hero isn’t ideal (Hancock), battled aliens ~again~ (Men In Black uno, does, tres), educated us that sometimes science experiments that are passed into health care too early are a very bad thing ~touchy subject, but I went there~ (I Am Legend), and gave us a song where you heard once, it would be stuck in your brain for the rest of the day (Getting Jiggy With It).

On top of all of those things he’s taught us, he also does motivational speeches. There’s one that I share with anyone who’ll listen. It’s a excellent video called “The Best Things In Life Are On The Other Side OF Fear”. I encourage you to look it up on the internet machine, and absorb it. Although he bases the speech off what his skydiving experience was like, I wholeheartedly think the same mentality can be applied to any situation you are afraid of, hesitation, or reservations about. The big solo trek of your dreams, moving to a new city, joining a new group where you don’t know anyone, leaving a job you are unhappy with…..


You’re sitting having drinks with your friends, and somebody says, “We should go skydiving tomorrow!”. Everyone goes, “YEAH!”. Then you go home, to bed, but keep waking up in a startled state. You are terrified. You keep imagining over and over again ‘jumping out of an airplane’ and you can’t figure out why you would do that. You wake up the next day, and you go down to where you said you were going to meet, and everyone is there. So you get in the van. Your stomach is terrible. You can’t eat and everything, but you don’t want to be the only punk who doesn’t jump out of this airplane.

So you fly, and you go up, you go up, you go up to 14,000 feet. Somebody opens the door, and in that moment you realize you’ve never been in a freaking airplane with the door open. And you’re standing, and your toes are on the edge. You’re looking out down to death. And they say, “On three,” and they say, “ONE, TWO…” and he pushes you on two because people grab on three. And you go “AAHHHHHH”. And you fall out of the airplane and in one second you realize that it’s the most blissful experience of your life. You’re flying. There’s zero fear. You realize that the point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear. It’s bliss. The lesson for me was…Why were you scared in your bed the night before? What do you need that fear for? Fear of what? You’re nowhere near the airplane.

Everything up to the stepping out, there’s actually no reason to be scared. It only just ruins your day. God placed the best things on life on the other side of terror, on the other side of your maximum fear, are all of the best things in life.


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