“For the only safe harbour in this life’s tossing, troubled sea is to refuse to be bothered about what the future will bring and to stand ready and confident, squaring the breast to take without skulking or flinching whatever fortune hurls at us.” -Seneca
I’m not sure you can find better life advice in a single sentence than this little bit from Seneca. Others have echoed these same feelings over the years and you’d do well to pay attention. Even my best friend’s mother held a similar opinion but shared her wisdom with her own powerful words.
“Life sucks. Then you die. Get over it.”
It may sound harsh, but the reality is that when we stop expecting the world to treat us like we’re special we’re given a beautiful gift in return. We’re given the opportunity to start living our lives instead of delaying them in search of a dream or in denial of our own limitations.
This doesn’t mean we should stop dreaming or that we should accept all of the limitations we find imposed upon us. The truth is that it takes a special form of wisdom to recognize that at any moment our journey and this life could end. So, instead of hoping for a better tomorrow, live fully today. Each day we let pass us by without purpose is a moment squandered.
It’s a hard lifestyle to master, but when you stop fighting fortune you become a mind at peace. It will be what it will be. All you can do is your best to succeed and enjoy the journey, by accepting and appreciating whatever chance sends your way.
Live well. It’s a choice.