Abraham Lincoln has rightly said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” So the question arises, how can a life be really good? We all have the answer in our hearts but we’re not always ready to accept it. Every man dies sooner or later. But not every man really lives.
Contention in life comes from doing what makes us happy, & I mean really happy. So if you are doing something just because someone else wants you to, then it’s really not worth doing anyway. If you want to go out & play, then play. Wanna see the world, then do something about it instead of doing something you don’t love. Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways. To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it – this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed. All the plans & plots of doing something are nothing until & unless you actually set out on the path.
We get one life to live, love and enjoy & we should do it to the fullest. There may be things in life that make us upset but the important thing is not to dwell too much on it & not to regret that which is already done, because what has happened can’t be changed. It is necessary to move forward & explore new horizons. Regret, sadness, fear, jealousy & sorrow won’t take us anywhere. The time lost in regrets is lost forever. Being unhappy about something we can’t change also stops us from enjoying the present, & that is not a way to live a life. And who can forget The Joker’s famous words: “Why so serioussssss?” So have some fun while there’s still time, who knows what will happen tomorrow.
So it’s better not to lose a large portion of our life in regrets about past things & to go ahead & realise our potential while staying positively happy with what we’re doing. What others think about anything should not be our concern at all. Let them think what they will; we’ve nothing to prove to them anyway. Who we are inside, that’s what matters. Nobody else can influence what we do or what we want to do, its our choices that make us who we are, & if the choices are not independent, then in my opinion, we lose our individual identity.
Its very easy to move in a flock, like sheep or goats, but its not FUN. And what’s the point in doing something that’s not fun. So take the path less travelled by, don’t care about what others will think or say, because its their job to hinder & ours is to overcome them & keep moving forward. We are meant to derive fun & happiness from what we’re doing. A person who always follows someone else’s advice or directions is no better than cattle. To preserve our identity, its important not to let somebody else influence our decisions.
The most joy is obtained when we embark on a journey to a difficult goal & then achieve it all by ourselves. & that satisfaction, that exhilarating feeling is what makes us human. To make a mark of his own, that should be the sole aim & goal of every individual who wishes to lead a contented life. Leading our lives not to impress somebody else, but to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves, that’s true freedom. The words, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” aptly describe how we should live our lives. After all life is an experiment, the more mistakes we do, the more we learn & the better results we’ll get in the end.
Don’t regret a single moment of your life as it is much shorter than we imagine it to be, & before we realize what’s going on, half of it is over. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost