Once Upon A Time… by Danish ceramicist Louise Birch.
And here are Louise’s words:
”Once upon a time, as dusk fell one autumn evening, a girl decided to ride her bike out of town and into the forest.
While cycling in the beautiful, hilly forest, darkness suddenly surrounded her and she felt completely absorbed by the blackness of the forest. The girl couldn’t see two feet in front of her and she was on the verge of panic when she realised that she had two options:
Either she could do what she would normally do in such a situation: become paralyzed with terror, imagining how she would be eaten by bogeymen, bears and baby snatchers.
Or she could accept her situation and realise that all the terrible scenarios in her mind were merely illusions unrelated to the reality in which she had placed herself.
The girl chose the latter and subsequently felt an immense, indescribable joy of having realised the wealth of opportunities just waiting for her to seize. She continued cycling through the dark forest, enjoying the wind in her hair and the scent of wet leaves and moss. And she felt more alive than ever before…
From this day forward, whenever the girl began to feel frightened, she reminded herself of the joy she would have missed out on that day in the forest, had she let her fear get the better of her.”