Life is a work in progress. It won’t always be easy, it won’t always be perfect, and it won’t always be bright. But it’s those complexities, discrepancies and intricacies that make it worth living. We appreciate more when we have less, appreciate ease when we’ve worked hard, and appreciate light when we’ve sat in the dark. We’re still finding our way and changing our minds and making mistakes and trying again. Life’s a work in progress and we are too. We can design and live as we please. That’s the beauty of life.
A lot hinges on our relationships and interactions with people around us: our energy, motivation, direction, choices, perspectives. That’s why it’s important we build solid, positive, fruitful and invigorating relationships around us. And cut our ties to those who take away from our life:
- The overlookers – we shouldn’t ever be made to feel worthless by those close to us. We shouldn’t ever be consistently ignored, excluded and belittled. We shouldn’t be constantly taken for granted. Although our self-worth should foremost come from within ourselves, relationships with others should nonetheless make us feel valued and appreciated.
- The nay-sayers – those around us shouldn’t distract us from where we want to go, with doubts, negativity, or self-importance. Our loved ones should encourage and push us forward, no matter how much they do not understand or agree with our choices. No matter how much they wish they could do the same too. Those close to us should want us to thrive.
- The game-changers – people who try to mould us into someone else or who won’t accept us for who we are will eventually be suffocating. And we shouldn’t have to change our very core principles and qualities for other people. We all have flaws and we should be able to embrace them, not escape them. We should be around people who love us for who we are.
If life was easy, we’d never grow stronger. If life was easy, we’d never become wiser. If life was easy, we’d never know how strong or wise we already are. If life was easy, we’d never learn who we are, what we’re worth, and what we deserve. If life was easy, we’d take it for granted. If life was easy, we’d never appreciate what we have or what we could have. If life was easy, we’d never have any passion or fire or desire. If life was easy, it’d be pretty miserable. When life is hard, it can be miserable too. But at least we still get the dawns and the stars amidst the darkness. Don’t pray for any easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Pleasure in life can quickly fade away with time. As we get older, we become accustomed to the life around us. As we get busier, we no longer take the time to look at life’s beauty. We begin to take our life for granted, always wanting something more, something better. But walking around blindly is to be numb to the happiness life’s beauty brings. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the first time we’re seeing something. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the last time we’ll see something. That’s how we capture life’s magic. Don’t be ignorant or indifferent. Stay awake and curious.