Monday, January 27, 2014

30 Days of Quotes About Whatever ~ Day 27 ~ Hershel Greene

Day 27 ~

"You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, and you risk your life. Every moment don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for."

~ Hershel Greene, The Walking Dead

Oh, Hershel. I love this show, I love him. I am still not totally recovered from the mid-season finale. If you aren't current on it, I don't want to spoil anything that happens, so we will just talk about the quote.

Hershel is the farmer/veterinarian in The Walking Dead. He is the recovering alcoholic that still struggles with his faith at times, even though he clings to it more than any other character on the show. 

He became the moral center of the show, the voice of calm, the voice of reason. He is a fierce protector of his children, he is the one they all look to for guidance and stability.  He is the father figure of this post-apocalyptic world.

These words were spoken to his daughter, Maggie and Glen during an outbreak of contagious illness among the survivors. He insisted that it was his duty to do what he could to help those he could for as long as he could. They were worried about him exposing himself to disease. He saw his purpose as bigger.

Though the setting in which the show takes place is clearly a fictional one, his words hold truth in our reality as well. There are risks inherent in everything we do, the only thing certain about life at all is that it will end someday, but the fear of what might happen to us or when we might meet our end can't be the thing that limits us. 

Or at least it shouldn't be.

Instead, Hershel would urge us to suppress the fear. Fear can't be banished, and I think he'd make the argument that it shouldn't, but it can be overcome. We can choose to go out and do the things we should anyway.

He would sit you down right now and ask you what you are living for. What are you risking your life for?

What would your answer be?

1 comment:

  1. So getting caught up with you today and I get to this. DAMMIT, KELLY!!! I will never get over the mid-season finale. Never. Great quote. #cries #again


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