A "retired" Paralympic athlete trying to SURVIVE in the world now....
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Life is difficult...right?
What makes Life so difficult?
We have no control over the choices we
are presented with..Right!
For example, you may decide to stop at
the 7-11 to get some gas and as you approach the teller to pay a robber
decides to hold up the joint.
Now you find yourself having to make
decisions in a reality that was not your choosing. Yes, you did decided to get
gas, but you didn't decide to be robbed. This is why the whole free will thing
is kind of dumb. Free will is somewhat irrelevant when the choices you are
presented with all lead to undesirable results.
Even if you make a concerted effort to always make the right choices you have
no control over the choices that other people make and this intricate inter-dependency of our reality is what make life so difficult. It is like
navigating through a maze that continuously changes. Each time you make a
choice your destination changes locations.
Most people probably don't even notice this. On the surface, life appears to be
just a series of success and failures attributed to effort, coincidence, and
luck, good or bad. No more thought is put into it. Those who never develop
expectations are never disappointed and life just seems to move along.
Some say that our desire is what makes life difficult. Imagine if we lived in a
world where no one had any desire and we all passively accepted our lives as
they came by and did nothing to change it, the world would be arguably worse
but life may not be as difficult.
We do make poor choices but many times
the choices are among evils. We are all born equal in that we all have a mother
and a father but there the equality ends. Life presents it own situations to us
and most of them are not of our making. A school outing ends with 15 dead kids
in a rain swollen river. They didn't choose to go. It was required. They
weren't driving the bus. Yet, 15 of them died. So, no, we don't make our life
what it is. We don't drive life, life drives us. We are its tools to meet its
goals. If we get a few kicks along the way, then hurray for us.
Consider the lives of people who still
live like we all did thousands of years ago. In huts in the jungle. People like
to think they are in paradise. But in reality they have to work everyday,
sunrise to sunset, just to survive. We have more time off than any of our
ancestors have ever had since the beginning.
Maybe our lives seem difficult because our dreams are too complex.
Life is simple. But all the things that
we include into our life makes it complex and if we try to do too many things
at one time, it makes life hard.
The simple answer is ATTITUDE.
If you posses a positive attitude, life isn't all that hard. There will be
difficult periods once in a while, but life, in general, would be good.
Life is what we make it!
The unwillingness to change and know