Our strengths are in our weakness. Crisis of being is the most influential tool for progressing in life. What can you learn without challenging not only what is around you, but what you yourself are? Life gets pretty boring when you don't ask questions. As it goes: questions may bring answers, but the answers always beget more questions. Such is the nature of understanding. The key point to remember is that the pursuit of knowledge is bereft of meaning without the development of wisdom. Get beaten and broken down, it only makes you stronger. Pity the people who have never faced hard times, they see the world through rose colored glasses. Emotional pain can be the catalyst for great growth if you allow it to be.
Every moment of pain and misery, every bad choice, all the happiness and exultation, and each victory has defined who I am until this moment. Where I choose to go from here is up to me and me alone. I can look back and lament my mistakes or I can look forward and allow them to fortify my will. I can accept that my past accomplishments are enough or I can set goals for new ones. There is no unseen hand that guides my way, there is only my state of mind.
I know that I am a prisoner of my own mind. I use my rage, hate, and fear to strengthen the person I want to be instead of allowing them to slowly corrupt me. They are an anchor on my soul. I have turned that anchor into a weight that makes me stronger. I carry it with me. I use it as a tool to grow. Without it I would be weak. A trembling foal wet with afterbirth, struggling to stand. I don't have to be great, or even good. I only have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and honestly say, I am moving forward. I am becoming stronger. I am better than I was yesterday.
Some people cling to what they know. They try to replace what they have lost with something familiar. Living in fear that the past will catch up to them and consume them. If you spend your life looking behind you, you will fail to see what lies ahead. Dragging that baggage behind you and looking forward is difficult, but from my perspective there is no other choice.
We are and will always be only what we make ourselves, never what others try to make of us. Some people try to manipulate others to be like themselves. As though all the world's troubles would disappear if everyone could just see from the same perspective. I believe the opposite, the world would be a better place if we could all accept that everyone is different and it is those differences that make us great. If everyone was like me, my world would be painfully mundane. Culture has to evolve and our passion must change the world because a stagnant culture leads to uniformity. Uniformity leads to mindlessness.
There are plenty of things in this world that I don't agree with, and at times I will try to change people's minds. It is a necessary part of the evolution of ideas. Like anything, without being challenged an idea cannot grow stronger. The weak ideas fade away and the strong ones spread. The important thing is to be open to new ideas, and allow yourself to be convinced that an idea you once supported may be wrong. Question yourself as much as you question others knowing that it is okay to change your mind.
So let's agree to disagree. At the same time, let's look beyond our self-righteousness to see the value of criticism. In my opinion, anyone that is not willing to accept other ideas is afraid of anything unknown. I can't blame them, it is in our nature. However we have come a long way from throwing stones. Still, when I watch the news I weep for humanity. Ignorance is a blight that can easily be eradicated with just a little compassion and understanding. We all started on separate paths, but we can come together to blaze a new trail for the next generation. Question everything, force our culture to evolve, and stand together for a better tomorrow.