Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Life Full Of Stars

Most of us, for most of the time, don't know what we want out of life.

Just when we thought we have managed to figure it out, stuff happens and certainty fades away.

And that's normal. That's how life goes. And that's what makes life so great after all.

When I was growing up, I used to read about dinosaurs. And then my eyes turned to the stars, and wanted to be an astronaut instead.

Not too long ago, I used to be a lawyer. And then I kept stumbling upon new exciting opportunities, and can't be too sure what I'll do next.

Just last month, I used to be jogging in the evenings. And then I had to tweak my work schedule, and now jog late in the night instead.

My (imaginary) neighbourhood

Man Without A Plan

Nothing in life ever goes according to plan. So there's no point planning too far ahead.

I don't know even know what I'm planning to eat for lunch tomorrow. I'll start thinking about it, well, maybe tomorrow morning. Even then, a friend can buzz me at mid-morning, and I'll have to change my lunch plans.

Obviously, you do have to make certain plans in life, short-term and long-term. Like buying insurance. Or when to move out from your parents' home.

But let's be honest. How many key moments in our lives did we actually see them coming? 

Do you know exactly when you're going to get married? Or change jobs?

Sure, we do have some rough ideas sketched out in our minds (or in an Excel sheet, if you're an accountant). But most of our best-laid plans often get delayed and derailed.

As John Lennon once said: "Life is what happens when you're busy making plans."

Keep Looking, Keep Wanting

I still want to be an astronaut.

Well, maybe not technically an astronaut in a spacesuit walking in space. But I do wish to get out of Planet Earth, and live on some other exotic world. 

Maybe I'll burn to crisps within five seconds out of the atmosphere. Or maybe I'll be infested by some bug-like alien. Or maybe I'll learn the ways of the Force and battle evil Sith Lords.

Life is predictable until it isn't. Life is full of surprises even when you're expecting them. Life is interesting if you let it to be.

By planning our life journey every step of the way, we're only limiting ourselves to the paths we know and the horizons we can see. But how can you truly know what you want out of life if you haven't explored the world?

I didn't know what I want out of life when I was 10, 20 or even 30.

A a wise man once said: "Life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get."

My mom didn't tell me that - nor allowed me to eat chocolates

The Happiness of Pursuit

We're all in the pursuit of happinness.

But what's really important is not happiness, but the pursuit itself.

When you look back at your successes in life, you don't really focus on the moment you stood on stage receiving your award, or that day in office when your boss announced your long-awaited promotion. 

What really warms up our heart is the struggle, the sweat and tears, the journey of life.

What really gets us up in the morning is the never-ending possibilities the world can throw at us.

So what if, sometimes, shit happens? It's better to go up and down than to stay still where you are. Don't settle. Keep on moving.

For a life full of surprises is like a sky full of stars.

Now you see me, now you...

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