Often we read a book, a paragraph, a sentence, or a phrase that says what we want to express exactly as we would have said it, only better. Marina Abromović does this in Chapter 1 of her new memoir, “Walk Through Walls.”
The author is a “Yugoslavia-born performance artist. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.” (Wiki)
I bring this up to illustrate exactly why some people do nothing and others run circles around those who don’t – despite fear. Every fear imaginable, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of acceptance, fear of the known and fear of the unknown. I’m sure I’m leaving out other phobias and for that, I apologize. But when I read this in her book, I could relate so much to it and those who jump into the cigar business. An unpredictable, charged industry that can give those who dp become involved great satisfaction as well as disastrous devastating defeat.
Here is a woman who has defied the critics. She has miraculously shoved aside a childhood that you wouldn’t wish on your most reviled enemy. She has the confidence to look straight ahead and go. Marina Abromović will be known in history as one of the greatest performance artists to have graced this planet.
“I was walking into the forest with my grandmother one morning. It was so beautiful and peaceful. I was only four years old, a tiny little one. And I saw something very strange – a straight line across the road. I was so curious that I went over to it; I just wanted to touch it. Then my grandmother screamed so loud. I remember it so strongly. It was a huge snake.
That was the first moment in my life that I really felt fear – but I had no idea what I should be afraid of. Actually, it was my grandmother’s voice that frightened me. And then the snake slithered away, fast.
It is incredible how fear is built into you, by your parents and others surrounding you. You’re so innocent in the beginning; you don’t know.”