“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!” ? Hunter S. Thompson
Simple at its core but complex in its entirety. Matters of the heart, matters of the mind and matters of the soul all fuse to present us with this vast unknown, this insurmountable amount of complications. Some don’t concern themselves with it, some soldier on through it and some simply give up – each path as irrelevant as the other, for there is no right or wrong, there is only truth. Life isn’t about the opportunities you seized or neglected, or about the beginning or ending; it completely revolves around what it means to you – what you want to get out of it. The past is set in stone, the present liquid and the future but mere shadows. We experience, we adapt and finally we act. Throughout my short – yet exciting lifetime – I have come to understand that:
Life in all its glory is simple; it is the interaction between it that is not.
Who chooses the steps in the dance of life? Who salutes us when we flourish or condemns us when we fail? Who teaches us what is real and how to laugh at lies? Who honours the ones we love with the life that we lead? Who chooses what we think about doing and actually end up doing? Who chains us and who holds the key that sets us free?
It is you.
You are your own teacher, student and consultant. The more people you surround yourself with, the less confidence you have in your own ability. The more advice you ask, the less of it you follow. The more you try to learn, the less of it you know. The more you do of one thing, the less you do of everything else. Trust your own ability, follow your own heart and consult only those you choose to surround yourself with. Know that people are like water; they always find the easiest route – take note of those who make it difficult for themselves, as they are the ones who experience rather than judge. Try not to compare yourself to others, as there is no such thing as “the life”, there is only a life – yours. Know that there is always someone happy with less than what you have, and someone equally unhappy with more.
Don’t be who you want to be, be who you are.
Whatever your reality, know that we are the consciousness through which the universe awes at its own majestic formation – treat it with reverence, for it created you. Whatever your wishes or dreams, know that they are as real as the invisible air you breathe – merely have your wits about you, the glass is neither half full nor half empty; it is always full. Whatever your wants or needs, know that too much of what you want and too little of what you need is deleterious to the soul – things break, where love is eternal. Whatever your problems or mishaps, know that laughter cures the worst of cases – a smile is contagious, where sulking is done alone.
We have been dead for 14.7-billion years, only to open our eyes for an insignificant fraction of that time – whatever your illusions of purpose or meaning, know that forever past and in the future, we are as much a part of the cosmos as it is of us. We are not born into existence; we are merely at a point along a journey into the realm of wonder. Life and the joys it brings, is an awakening of a dormant seed – provide it with the nourishment it needs, or someone else will for you.
“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”
? Neil deGrasse Tyson