May 7, 2014

Inspired: Why Trust Is Worth It

I first discovered the genius who is Ze Frank through his hilarious animal documentaries on YouTube. He has the best vocabulary, the funniest analogies, and the best comedic timing. He also does rather deep and philosophical videos like this one titled, Why Trust Is Worth It which features two incredible gymnasts doing a duo routine while he talks about trust.
So go watch the video, trust things are going to work out, and smell some flowers today.


Trust is a confusing thing: it seems so simple, but when you try to pin it down it can be elusive. For many of us, that initial tension exists so much of the time; we expend so much time, watching and calculating, trying to predict, reading signals in people, ready for things to change suddenly, preparing to be disappointed. We talk about trust as something you build, as if it's a structure or a thing, but in that building there seems to be something about letting go. What it affords us is a luxury that allows us to stop thinking, to stop worrying that someone won't catch us if we fall. It allows us to relax a part of our minds, to focus on what's in front of us, and that's why it's such a tragedy when it's broken. A betrayal can make you think of all the other betrayals that are waiting for you and you can feel yourself tightening up, bracing, and in the worst cases you might resolve to trust no one. But that doesn't really work. Trust is your relationship with the unknown, what you can't control and you can't control everything. And it's worth it to keep trying and it's not easy.