Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Life Is Grand (If You Make It That Way)

This is a hard thing to realize and believe. We would love to go though life thinking we have to be given something to make life great. We want the amazingness of life to be dependent on other people because if life is as grand as we make it, we only have ourself to blame if things aren't going the way we want. Blaming others or the gods or karma or fate isn't going to cut it anymore...we have the choice to make our life the life we want. If we don't, then it's our fault.

No matter what you think or thought, no one is going to give you the life you want. You have to go out there and take it. You have to work hard and choose to follow the path you need to follow. If you don't, you will end up where the majority of people are...unhappy and constantly doing things they don't want to do. Most of these people don't realize they are where they are because of themselves. Instead, they constantly focus on the outside influences and think these influences control everything. They do not. We are in control.

I know there are a lot of people who will say we don't actually have control over anything. Respectfully, I disagree. Thinking like this is an easy way out. It gives us the ability to blame others for our unhappiness and it allows us to throw up our hands and quit while thinking we can't do anything to change it. Bullshit. You have to grab hold of the things you want. You have to take charge of your life and make it the life you want it to be. It's not going to be easy and you aren't always going to succeed on your first try, but don't let anything stop you from making your life amazing for you.

We all run into challenges. There will be times when we want to throw up our hands and say fuck it. There are going to be hard times. Everyone has them; how we react to them is what makes the difference. When you get knocked down, get up and go again. We can't give up on ourselves. We have the ability to make our life the life we want. We can't be afraid to be different and we can't be afraid to chase our dreams and our goals. This isn't being selfish; this is making life into what will make us happy. You can settle for a life of mediocrity, but what's the point? We have to dream big. We have to make our life as grand as we want it to be. No excuses. No bullshit.

Stop blaming everyone else and take responsibility for your life. Take control, make this life what you want and never, ever stop believing that you can do anything you put your mind to. This is your one shot at living the life you want to live. Make it count.

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