But let me ask you a question: how far would you go in order to make your dreams come true? When would you stop?
Anton Chekhov believed that the role of an artist is to ask questions, not to answer them.
So, yeah, this is one of the questions in my upcoming novel: how far would you go to make your dream come true?
Like William Bower, painting Amber, over and over again, until he forgets how she looks like. Maybe he’s doing it because he hopes that the Amber in one of his portraits will turn to life.
That’s impossible, most of you would say. Of course it is, but we’re not really good at discerning the possible for the impossible.
Chris Packlem has this vision of who he wants to be, the same vision he has had ever since he was a little boy: to become the richest man in the history of the world. Richer than Crassus.
That’s a question he can’t answer. He just wants it so bad that he’s willing to fail, over and over again, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to become rich. Whatever it takes.
It kind of makes you wonder if courage is nothing more than being foolish enough to believe that when compared to reaching your goal, the struggle is of no importance.
Pain, regret, hate, become just words.
You want what you want and you have to do your best to get it.
Of course, I’m certain that most of you don’t think like that. And the funny thing is that I’m not sure if there’s a good way or bad way.
All I know is that there comes a time when you just want to fight. You know, like really, really fight. Against a million people if you have to, but you just want to live the life you think you deserve. Because that’s one universal truth: the world is about you. You’re the most important being in existence, the center of the universe. Of course, now that you’re reading this, you feel like denying it.
Your dreams matter to you. Your tragedies are your own. Your struggle. Your pain. Your regrets. Your suffering.
Chris Packlem lives in a world filled with preachers spreading a religion of selfishness. He has reached the top of the world; a lonely place to be in. And, now, he’s more certain than ever before that he’s the most important creature in the world. And nothing’s going to get in the way of his happy ever after.
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