When Alex Honnold is inevitably asked why he climbs some of the tallest walls in the world without a rope, his answer is the same as many athletes who engage in high consequence sports–he loves it.
It was the same for Phillippe Petite and even artists like Shepard Fairey who lay it on the line.
The love of the activity outweighs the consequences. To them, it is worth the risk. It doesn’t mean the fear disappears. Death is still inevitable but indeed feels very present in these moments. Much like one has a close call in driving a car.
The love of what one does truly can overcome all. Even fear.
Love-based decisions versus fear-based change our choices. We might not jump in front of a bullet for a stranger but would perhaps do it for your child.