Whenever I see inspirational messages of wit and wisdom propagating how each and every one of us will ‘make it’- be rich or comfortably happy, if we just believe and work really hard, I get really inspired. If I was feeling lazy to do a task, reading the message spurs me into accomplishing that task, and more. In a way, these sort of messages serve as little reminders. They give you enough motivation on why you have to do what you have to do. Whether it is popular or not, whether or not you receive the amount of support you need to start it up in the first place, and whether or not you receive accolades for doing it – as long as it is the right thing to do. They remind me of Mother Theresa’s do it anyway poem sometimes.
I have come to realize, however, that life really isn’t about ‘making it’, whatever that means, but it’s really about just how far you went to get there, more like the journey towards that path. I have also observed that no matter how a lot of us try, not all of us are going to attain our dreams -The bitter-sweetness of life. Why I say so, is because I have seen a lot of intelligent people who no matter their intellect, still can’t find good jobs, and are in the worst of conditions. Some of them have now settled for less by doing whatever they can that will provide some source of income. It’s not like they enjoy what they are doing, and it’s not like they haven’t tried hard enough. It’s almost as if it’s not meant to be.
In a way life has been designed this way for a reason. A reason which, only the wise would contemplate about, but may never find out. And a reason the foolish may never appreciate. Sometimes I imagine, what if everyone dropped out of school and became tycoons like Mark Zuckerberg, or everyone’s dad or uncles were as rich as Bill gates, and then everyone’s mum as rich as Oprah.. I know one thing that would happen for sure, people wouldn’t value money or education. And it’s not as if some people value money now plus, a lot of youths these days hate school. So you can imagine…
So really, why have some people been chosen to be rich? Is it so they can help others? To buy things they don’t need? To live life in a way that people less than them would be grateful they weren’t so rich? Or to serve as an example to others that being rich also brings bigger problems? Is that it? Why have some people been chosen to be poor, to suffer? So that they can be humble and appreciate the little things? But they are some rich and humble people who appreciate the little things, and are not wasteful. You really don’t have to have nothing to learn that. SO why really? Why do some people fail, and then succeed, and then why are they others who never really ‘hustled’ but succeeded anyways? Life is so beautifully and exasperatingly complicated.
In the end, I feel ‘making it’ is really as far as you CAN, in this Life of ours… ,and is not necessarily a specific and popular measure of accomplishments. Since not everyone has equal access to resources, or the support of ‘connections’ (people who know people in high places.)
Or what do you think?