In the African plains, zebras live in plain sight of predators, such as lions. The lions choose which zebra in the herd that will be easiest to catch. For the zebras, it’s important to display strength instead of weakness, and courage instead of fear. The fearful, weak ones tend to be the ones that the lions start hunting down.
Contrast this to a dangerous neighborhood in New York City. Criminals looking to steal from passersby look for an easy target. In a school playground, the bully looks for the isolated and fearful child to terrorize.
The world can be ruthless sometimes. And sometimes you’re right to be scared. But have the power, courage and strength to stand like a zebra in front of its predator, confident that it can defend itself and stay alive. It’s those ballsy zebras that the lions will give a free pass as they look for the weakness in others.
Around 300,000 years ago, the first Homo Sapiens arose from their ancestors. These creatures managed to survive and propagate their species until over 7 billion of us now populate the modern world. They survived harsh winters, predators trying to hunt them down, and battled illness with no access to modern medicine or hygiene standards. They banded together to form communities where they helped one another to thrive as much as they could. They discovered fire and invented the wheel. They explored the Earth for finer places to inhabit, and domesticated animals to aid them. Later on, humanity survived World Wars, pandemics, financial meltdowns, and started working towards civil rights and a fairer society.
All the challenges that have been faced by humanity were overcome in one way or another by your ancestors – which means that the capability for fortitude, determination, kindness, morality and heroism that was displayed in the past is coded deep into your DNA.
Whatever challenges you are facing today, remember that all the challenges that your ancestors successfully overcame has culminated in bringing you into this world. Understand that their strength is within you too – that you’re genetically built for whatever challenge you’re facing. You’ve got this.