We spend our entire lives chasing dreams. We want to become someone, we want to have an impact, and we want to leave our mark. We leave comfort in search of it. Leaving a trail hoping one day we can look back and think it was worth something.
We all want something in life that will make us come alive. Something to live for, and something to die for. We endure some battle scars along the way. Anything to beat the odds. Anything to stay up.
I used to listen to students in class tell me how when they graduate they were going to be making nothing less than six figures, that they wanted the corner office with a spectacular view of the city, and that their investments were going to pay for all their travels. I would sit in class and think to myself, “Damn, they have some goals”. When I graduated, I saw friends build dreams and chase dreams. I saw everyone start climbing that ladder. I too grabbed that ladder with both hands and even before putting my foot on the first step, I thought to myself, “Please don’t let me fall”.
What happens when you climb up that ladder and you get so high that you’re able to touch the sky? Will you ever come down? Will you feel accomplished? Will you feel that at the end of the day you served your purpose?
We search so much that I think sometimes we forget how far we have come. We try and accomplish so many things in our lifetimes. Photographs of all our travels, degrees, diplomas, and certificates hanging on every wall, and a picture of a life well lived.
Sometimes I wonder, if we even live at all.
Have we lost too many days chasing the wrong things? A promotion at work, six figures, a suit and tie that will make us feel accomplished… How long have you been staring at this path? What have you sacrificed? Forget about the Bentley and the mansion… Those things do not live inside of you.
People want more but I bet if I gave you more, you wouldn’t even know what to do with it. That’s the problem. There will always be more.
I am not the best, not at anything. I’m nowhere near the top of the list, but that doesn’t bother me. I smile at those who soar to great heights, who do what I will never do. The world shaping, the imagine making, and the influence creating.
The meaning of life is so plain and so obvious and so simple. The meaning of life is just to be alive. So why is everyone rushing around in some great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves?
We are all trying to get somewhere. I just hope you crash right into what you are looking for. I hope it makes your day brighter and your night dimmer.
You deserve that. We all do.