You know what’s tough? Life. It’s the good, the bad, the whirlwind of everything, the success, the failure, the joy and sorrow, the hard work, the luck and the only thing we have. So what makes a good life; a life worth living? Is it the people in it, the places you’ve gone, the things you’ve seen, the knowledge you’ve amassed? Or is every life a good life, simply because life is the epitome of possibility, and life is what you make of it?
I feel that life is what you make of it, and not just because I’ve seen “The Secret” (although, full disclosure here, I do have to admit that it’s one of my favorite movies/books/books on tape!). With all the different possibilities and opportunities out there in the world, I’m not convinced that things happen at random. And though many find comfort in theories of predetermined fate, for me that idea is too constraining on my freedom of choice. I love to think that life is a series of choices an individual makes and that you can choose to end up wherever you want, however you want. After all, isn’t that what our parents tell us when we are young and impressionable?“You can be whatever you want when you grow up,” they state reassuringly, and we believe them because they’re our parents and we love and trust them. But then something happens as we get older, and we find ourselves becoming cynical towards the idea of doing and being anything. In the process many of us relinquish our dreams altogether for what we think is the practical reality of things. However, I would argue that our reality is whatever we create, and all we have to do is look around us to take inventory of the fruits of our creations. Do you like what you see?
If you don’t like what you see, change it. I know – easily said, difficult to accomplish. Change is hard but it can be a beautiful thing. Like life, change offers us the magical world of possibility and hope; the world where all your wildest dreams can come true. To embrace it, all you have to do is find that little kid inside of you and really believe. Screw cynicism, toss out negativity and open yourself up to the possibilities of you and your life. Do what makes you happy, because happiness is the key to fulfillment. And if you feel fulfilled, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that you’ve found the meaning of life: To feel whole, happy and fulfilled down to the very last fiber of your being. If it sounds too good to be true, open your heart to the possibility and believe. Do what makes you happy and happiness will find you – and fulfill you.