In The Intelligence of Evil Baudrillard references Lichtenberg’s aphorism on the concept of the tremor: “Any act, even an exact one, is preceded by a trembling, a haziness of gesture, and it always retains something of it.”
Baudrillard discusses the tremor in the context of photography, one of his passions. Smiles, rainstorms, a 98-mph fastball—everything begins with hesitation and uncertainty.
“The true image,” writes Baudrillard, “is the one that accounts for this trembling of the world.”
I believe life’s big decisions contain this initial trembling. Some people push forward, confident in their ability to recover from failure. Change doesn’t induce panic attacks.
Then there’s me. Sometimes I forget to breathe.