The Terrifying Face of Destiny


“We fear the thing we want the most.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

Ignorance is bliss. To wander aimlessly, not knowing where to go, is a blessing. Happy is he or she who lives a purposeless life, only worrying about making it through the week in one piece. Nothing ventured, nothing risked.

But some of us are called. Some feel the lure of a greater purpose. Some know that they were put on this planet to follow a specific course, to accomplish a certain aim. And it’s frightening.

Why? Not because we don’t want success. Not because the distant future we see isn’t bright. Not because we aren’t happy to know that success is in the stars for us, that we have but to embrace the path in order to secure victory. We fear success because we fear the long, arduous road we must conquer first. Because of the pain, loss, and difficult moments that never seem to end. Because of the price of victory.

Most of all, however, we fear destiny because we don’t think ourselves worthy of it. Because we feel unable to deserve the victory promised us. Because of that relentless voice in the back of our heads that tells us that this isn’t our destiny after all, that we can’t secure it, that we will waste our short little lives in the painful pursuit of a victory that will never come, ending our days having amounted to nothing more than a failure. That is the real fear of success.

At some point, sooner or later, we come face-to-face with our destiny. And that can be the most terrifying moment of our lives.

Photo credit: Mikel Ortega

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.