At one point after I returned home, it seemed to me that whichever path I decided to follow now would decide my fate and last my entire lifetime. I was stressed out, plagued by indecision, and felt stretched in 100 different directions with no center.
It’s the what if’s that drive you insane but keep you calm. They soothe the realities of your mistaken fate – because, surely, God had a mishap and gave you the wrong story. So you invent the right one instead.
What lies in our hands is the power to choose the beginning of the path; what lies at the end is merely a consequence of that decision, a consequence we shall to come to peace with, a consequence that is beyond our control, nevertheless a consequence that is our responsibility.
“I wish I didn’t marry my husband.”
Claustrophobia: it’s a sign that your world is getting too small for you. It’s not to imply that you have to leave everything and everyone you care about behind. It’s just an indication that it’s time for you to expand your world view and step a little further outside of the bubble in which you currently reside.
The concept of time would cease to exist, perhaps, but we’d still be able to count seconds on our fingers like we grew up doing no matter what.
There is only one of you that will ever exist in the history of the universe. You are you and I am me, and we each have something awesome to offer this world. So don’t be afraid to be yourself, even when you are being influenced not to.
It is essential to note that human progress into more aware, equanimous, and joyful modes of existence is a necessary stepping stone that will allow people to more readily reach the heights of their own potential.
“I decided that I had no religion my last year of middle school. I despised religion when I learned about wars fought in its name.”
I used to go around and ask every smart person I met—even emailing important people I didn’t know— “What books do you recommend to a kid like me?”