Were We Meant To Grow Into Complacency?
“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” I think that I first read this quote at a time that I needed it the most. This was when I was confused about life and started questioning everything. When everything around me that seemed so certain, suddenly became uncertain. The things that people said didn’t make sense and led to more questions. Reading this quote by Steve Jobs planted something in me that still grows to this day. It probably is one of the biggest contributors to me being who I am. Can you guess why?
At that point when I was doubting everything, I had acknowledged the people who were on pedestals all around me. I never met them, I never knew them, but I was taught to believe that they would always be more right than I was. I often would doubt myself even though there was a voice telling me that I knew better and that there were better ways to do things. I was stuck behind blind martyr’s. It was a terrible subtle torture. Before I could close my eyes and join these martyrs, I heard that quote by Steve Jobs. It was an amazing moment. It gave me the spark of hope that I wanted deep down. It gave me belief and confidence. It helped me see that I was allowed to doubt and question norms. I was allowed to break through limits. It gave me permission to see that I could also figure things out for myself because those who figured it out before were humans just like us.
“The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it’s planted in stone“ — Tupac Shakur
Most people accept reality to be a particular way. The jobs they work, the relationships they have and the food that they eat are all thought to be something that must be followed. I don’t blame them. I was one of them. I often am reminded of this way of thinking. This is why I believe that we all have power somewhere in our DNA structure. The same power that existed in all of the greats before us. The power to break free and take charge of your life. It calls, but fear deafens us. When I felt this power and made decisions, it made me feel more alone than ever. I pulled away from a lot of people. I doubted these choices so often. But soon the solitude made sense because this is where I found history’s most notorious heroes. They were showing me the path to being someone great. They too had to bear burdens alone and be a beacon of hope to everyone. It seems to be a mandatory strife for anyone going against the norm. I am crazy enough to believe it, but I hope to someday be one of them myself…
The good thing about history is that there are many great people that we know of. This means that you could join them there if you:
Realize That Everything Can Be Figured Out
Why underestimate your talents, your skills and your ability to do amazing things? Finding solutions to issues, being game changers and influencing lives are all something that we have the ability to do. Those amazing people that exist and have existed are but people as well. Of all the amazing things that they have accomplished, they have shown us the potential of human beings. They have shown us that people can do amazing things regardless of where they come from. The good in man, the spark and the potential may be hidden deep but it is awaiting its elicitation. As you read this, as you experience your life, no matter where you may be on a mental level, you are capable of figuring out a way to solve your issues. You are capable of figuring out how to save yourself. Those fears are only thoughts. Intangible realities restricting you from persevering. But if you pay attention, you will notice that the fears are showing you the path.
“There is no problem outside of you that is superior to the power within you.” — Bob Proctor
And remember that:
It Only Ends When You Die
Well, I don’t only mean physically die, but mentally die as well. When you lose grip of reality and everything that makes you who you are as an individual. You become another statistic. To live loving yourself would seem to be the obvious choice, but look around you. How many people are still alive? Yeah, they may be breathing, but they have given up on themselves so often that they mask their truth with superficial objects. They wish to show the world how great they are, but they do not believe it themselves. They give up when everything does not go according to plan. The stop climbing the mountain. They stop running the marathon. When they have the choice to progress and climb further or run a bit more, they are so overwhelmed by the immediate strife that they do not see it getting them closer to the top. You don’t climb when you feel like climbing. You don’t run when you feel like running. You don’t breathe when you feel like breathing. These are things that we must accustom ourselves to doing regardless of how things may not go according to plan. The plan is just the rough sketch. The undying will to adapt and get things done is the true magnificence. Be sure that you don’t bow before the show is over maestro!
“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” — Charles Bukowski
The people that have existed before us have set the pace for us today. They have helped create our society. As great as their efforts were, they left the rest of this process to us. They have given us the responsibility to not only follow their path but to take it further. To take it further than they had ever imagined. To bring forth a new world. To save the generations that come after us from all the hardships that we may face. So that they can face their own hardships and go further than we ever imagined. All we’re doing is setting the pace and raising the bar so that every one after us will live better lives. Our decisions today may inspire others tomorrow. If we do not face our hardships, others will. How much longer will you accept sitting back and becoming complacent?
Invest In Your Existence, Kind Reader…