First and foremost, some clarity, regarding the blog’s name. Don’t Panic is a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, NOT the Coldplay song. Don’t get me wrong. I liked two albums of theirs. A Rush Of Blood To The Head, in particular, got me through a rough patch in 2004 (I seem to have lots of those). But, no, my love for Coldplay ended when they released their follow-up to X&Y. The album has a title so long, I can’t even remember it. You might have read about the lawsuit related to one of the songs.
I blame Gwyneth:
Don’t Panic was on the cover of Ford Prefect’s guide. Ford was an interstellar traveler, working for the guide’s publishing company. His job was to update the guide, in his travels. Kind of like a Trip Advisor for the Universe. But, cooler. Much cooler. And, not at all accurate. His words for Earth, by the way: Mostly Harmless. I wonder if he would say that, today?
It should be noted that The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is one of five books within the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy. Yes. Five books. It’s called a trilogy. The late Douglas Adams got a little carried away, I suppose. But, that’s what happens when you’re British, irreverent, and developed a cult classic. I guess.
From the book:
“It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words ‘DON‘T PANIC‘ in large, friendly letters on the cover.”
Simply put, I need to be reminded not to panic. Because, I do. A lot. It hasn’t always been that way. Fear of everything is a learned skill acquired over time – at least, for me. It’s one I’ve mastered, and insofar as skills go, it’s pretty useless. On a skills spectrum, it probably ranks somewhere just above Pig Latin or Underwater Basket Weaving. Though, if the latter were really a thing, it might be cool.
So, while topics will likely be all over the place (It’s my blog and I’ll do what I damned well want), the overarching theme will be how I’m unlearning that fear, a day at a time. In so doing, it would be great to find out I’ve impacted others along the way. It won’t be for everyone, and for those folks, I wish you the very best.