Cam Zink dares greatly dropping in at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage.

Last week I finally watched Brené Brown's TED talk on vulnerability, which stopped me in my tracks. I've since made my way though much of her book Daring Greatly; both have affected me deeply. Agile, at its deepest root, is about relationship: Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools. And relationship, at its deepest root is about being vulnerable.

In my last post I talked about body armor enabling me to enter realms of riding otherwise prohibitively  dangerous. Cast in a different light, it's an expression of vulnerability, of facing what is true (that I could get very, very hurt) and then doing it anyway, not out of reckless abandon, though out of passion  and at its deepest root: love. I'll come right out and say it: being in gravity is an expression of love. Being an agilist is also an expression of love. The deep love that is only found through facing what is true, what is real.

On my bike, what is true and what is real is every breath, every turn of the pedals, every jump, every high-speed turn, and every miscalculation. The ground is always harder than me. And always unforgiving. And I ride anyway, because quite simply, I love it too much to stay home.

I've stopped worrying now, about what the people I work with think; I trust them to call me out if I'm full of shit. And once that worry is out of the way, I can hold an entirely new realm of space for them, and enter an entirely new realm of agile practice.

It is my own expression of daring greatly. And soon, the snow will finally be gone from our trails, and the earth will have settled from the winter's frost releasing, and once again we'll put tires in the dirt, and ride, and that too will be it's own great daring.

If you've not seen it, here's Brené's talk; how are you daring greatly? If you're not, what is holding you back?:


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