As I sit in front of my laptop to begin, the words of Theodore Roosevelt come to my mind: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure …….than rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows no victory and no defeat.” Well, how many of us are cut out for great victories and triumphs which this great man is talking about? Not many. And none of you will enjoy great victories if your mind does not want it.
None of us is destined to wallow in misery or suffer throughout our life. None of us need to just ‘to pull on’ doing whatever little needed to get paid, feed our family, pay the bills and merge into the darkness ahead.
A lot of us are adjusting with a job we do not like, with a partner we do not love, and spend our days knowing very well that we are not living our life. This is going to be our greatest sorrow. We have failed in our mission here. We have not truly lived a single day on this planet. It is true that we got this life unasked. We have been lucky enough to be born in this century, in this country amidst abundance and advancement in every sphere of human activity. We are lucky that diseases did not cut short our life during early infancy or in childhood. We have been able to attend school, college and perhaps university to enrich ourselves. We have every comfort that our ancestors could not even dream of. But still in the heart of our hearts we are unhappy. We are not living our lives.
Our thoughts and beliefs have been confined by our prejudices; we have never risen above the limits that were set in our mental and material horizons. We have been stuck with the precepts and tenets of our religion; we have been fettered by our cultural traditions. We have been leading a small life all the way convinced we are only capable that much and not more. Break these limiting beliefs! Live the life you enjoy, you are destined for. Do the job you love, spend the free time the best way you want. Love those whom you like and say good bye feeling fulfilled and happy.