“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
It goes by the definition that life is “the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death”
Is it really that, though? Is life all about eating, growing, learning and dying?
The other day I saw a video in which a circus guy walks on a tightrope from one end to other, carrying a chair on which a beautiful girl is standing, who herself is trying to balance on the chair. If you observe carefully the man doesn’t directly steps up on the tightrope with the chair and starts walking, in that case, he would fall down the moment he steps any further. What he does instead is, he steps carefully on the tightrope and balances himself first. Then he lifts up the chair and again takes some time to balance. Then the girl climbs up with a balancing pole and only after she balances herself the man starts walking slowly step by step on the rope.
Our life runs in a similar fashion. In the life’s timeline, we are the circus guy and the chair or girl he carries defines the burden we are loaded with. What really matters in life is to balance our self without any further step, to take each step carefully and steadily. People being blinded by the rewards of the success, hasten and rush, eventually failing even before they are close to the destination. Imagine if the ropewalker had started running on the rope, he would move few steps ahead and being unstable fall down. Similarly, people narrowed down by their initial short unstable success, they hurry. Even after falling down, they start again and try to move faster than before unaware of the fact that their speed is bringing them down. Failing for the second time, they start all over again with broken self-confidence and low self-esteem and fail again harder than before. Pause your life, balance yourself and then proceed.
Life is not about what happens to you, it’s about how you react to it.