Doesn’t it feel fantastic to enter new stages in life, to make new friendships, to explore new business and travel? Likewise it is excruciatingly painful to feel stuck, stagnant and under-appreciated. It hurts to break relationships, to the point of making you doubt whether it was worth making in the first place. Why become close if you’re going to be torn apart? Why settle somewhere if you’re going to be uprooted? Or invest time into a venture that is just going to fail?
Arguably because without such losses you wouldn’t learn. I feel like there are people that are interested in truth, and there are people that are committed to living in the ignorant bliss of delusion and comfort. People that avoid discomfort at all costs and hedge themselves to avoid making conscious life changing decisions. Those are the ones that “go with the flow”, say that “things will just work out” while adjudicating themselves of culpability. Then there are people that desire to know all the facts, realizing that just “going with the flow” often results in loosing all control in the grand rapids of life.
Of course it’s not totally binary, but most people place their tents more in one camp or another. If you haven’t guessed, I like to be more conscious and less passive. Which is easier said than done! I realize that there are plenty of things (in fact, most things) that are out of my control. 99.999999% give or take. But I control my decision making processes, and am interested in self-knowledge to know the deeper conceptions upon which I base my beliefs. I choose my focus, and that translates into how I live my life.
So as I turn into what feels like a new chapter, I’m excited, because I feel equipped. I don’t want to live life in fear, although there’s good reason to fear perdition. Perdition is defined as, noun 1. Entire loss or ruin; utter destruction. And I think it’s good to feel that as it can happen to anyone, including you.
I feel great power in embracing contrast. Black/white. Good/evil. Right/wrong. Like I said before, more often than not, life isn’t that binary. But sometimes it is, especially with regard to morality.
Anyways, I feel like you have to embrace your challenges with dedication to staying active and taking responsibility. If you find yourself in a bad economic, social or emotional state or situation, acknowledge how you chose it. You always have responsibility for your situation. Deal with it.