We’re invincible, untouchable, on top of the world, until something or someone comes along to take us down from our pedestal, remind us that we’re not so invincible after all. Thus, we gain an appreciation of the fact that there are situations that will challenge us, people who will best us. That we’re not as perfect as we thought we were.
Such are often the necessary building blocks of humility.
I’ve found that we can essentially live our lives by one of two ways: living to work, or working to live. The former entails a life of enslavement to never-ending labor, while the latter one of tirelessly slaving away to buy enough time in order to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We truly are thrust between a rock and a hard place.
Though personally, I’d rather choose neither. I said “essentially”, not “solely”. Surely, there must be a way to simply live?
Our greatest struggle when facing the upward trudge towards our goals is often not the journey itself, but the first step. What we fail to remember is that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest will almost certainly stay at rest indefinitely. Unless of course, an outside force were to act upon it.
So perhaps the question you must ask yourself is: What will that force be for you?
The driving force that can move mountains, build up civilizations, make dreams a reality, send men to be among the stars, the force that keeps the world turning. An end goal we all have in common, yet one that seems to fall short in being fulfilled. Money? Power? Fame?
The desire to be important. The greatest motivator known to man.