[This artwork is owned by the Dutch artist Grietje Postma]
“I’ve never been certain whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, ‘don’t try to fly too high,’ or whether it might also be thought of as ‘forget the wax and feathers, and do a better job on the wings.”
– Stanley Kubrik
We all know the story of our beloved Icarus. But what was his mistake, really?
Some say he was just not attentive, he lost his focus for a moment. Other say he felt great, because he had never been so high before, and that he wanted to get higher and higher, trying to reach something he might have not had the chance to reach again.
Or maybe his wings were not built well enough.
Whatever his mistake was and however his adventure ended, his story was one of the most fascinating, and it got me thinking about what we can risk to follow our dreams.
“Never regret thy fall,
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light.”
– Oscar Wilde