There is a theory that dilemma, anxiety and catastrophic situations can motivate one to take on tremendous projects and have enormous powers of empathy. Then there are those who become catatonic and cannot move in any direction.
Lazy is a four letter word that sums up how we describe someone, we really do not wish to engage. Of course, the paradox there is, who is the laziest?
Another four letter word, fear, makes us paralyzed to assert our opinion, or think outside the box. The hero, does not feel courage in the moment.
Recently, I met a young lady with terrible physical handicaps, her choice was to go out and compete in the world arena. Don't we all wish to have a bit of that magic? The struggle to orient with this attitude is available to everyone.
In myth, Pluto, the God of the Dead, is not so scary to his wife Persephone. She enjoys the protection and raw energy of his power. With Demeter, the Goddess of Spring as her Mother, where did she get this craving for bright shiny things in the dark? We all have these many characters from myth and fairy tales inherent in our being. It is not either/or, it is accepting non-duality. In the words of Ekhart Tolle: “The truth of who we are is never found in the past or the future, it is here, now, immediate.”