Once we are settled in life all cosy and vulnerable, we start to look for areas to improve. We cannot be happy with what we have got. We are like children…we want more! More money, more success and blah blah blah. Time then becomes a frustration because we want to move forward as quickly as possible without putting any work in. Everyday somebody says ‘I wish I could just win the lottery’.
If only life was that simple.
Let us say you did win the lottery…£100 million on the Euro millions. You can buy anything you want and you will not have a care in the world ever again, right?
Sure, there would be rosy moments but what about every person you have ever known, good or bad and even people you have never met before, all wanting a piece of what you have got? Before you know it you are inundated with requests from people for money. ‘I’m going to lose my house’, ‘my dog needs an operation’, ‘the bailiffs are going to take all my stuff’. Your life would no longer be about your comfort; it would be about what you can do for everyone else. You may even become a target for criminals. You would have no other choice but to move away. (If I disappear you know what has happened!). And even then, you would most likely spend that time checking and re checking your bank account.
So my point is you would still be fighting to mould and improve the life so it is like the one you see perfectly in your head. There is nothing wrong with having a rough path mapped out and considering the bigger picture, however, the possibilities of the future should not consume you. If they do, then you will inevitably miss out on actually living life and before you know it, a few decades’ pass. Sadly, we live in a world where there is a ready-made ‘mould’ for us to set ourselves in. Go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, pay tax, pay into a pension, vote in corrupt politics…
All that is mixed up with a feeling of helplessness because we cannot right any of the big wrongs of the world…racism, child abuse, animal abuse, deforestation just to name a few.
You may be feeling slightly nonplussed or depressed at this point. Not to worry though, all you have to do is free your mind and stop being a drone. Do not conform to society’s way of living. One day you may wake up and everyone you know is married, or a parent, or earning loads of cash and you are just there like… ‘hey’. And that is totally fine you know why? You have freedom! We are taught by the media and the drones before us that these things must be our goals…I disagree. Success is defined by you, not Thrine (ha!), or me or mine, it is you.
So do not compare your life and circumstances with that of others. Just go with it and enjoy the moment you are in now. The memories I look back on and treasure are the ones where I was belly laughing with friends or experiencing something new and beautiful. Like the first time I stood at the foot of a mountain and looked up. That memory still grounds me to this day. As humans we are a small part of this world, a mere moment in time. The earth will continue long after our existence so let us enjoy it whilst we are here for brief moment…
….and let us imprint it with our spirit rather than our so called ‘success’.