"It was, in fact, the fear and terror that made the journey possible..."
In yesterday's web edition of Psychology Today, "Meaning in Life" blogger Michael Steger, pointed out that the absence of life's "junk" was no guarantee of happiness, and used Petit's act of creative defiance to reinforce the point. Positive psychology as an academic discipline and individual pursuit, depends on an accomodation with the past, and in Petit's case as he strode, reclined and hopped on slender rope, with an intense fear that drove him to prepare single-mindedly over the course of six years for the moment.
Fear? Yes. But the prize was the dearer for it.
Image source: NYT/Jean-Louis Blondeau/Polaris