Imagine if you were blind…

“Imagine if you were blind, complete darkness. No colors, no views, no beauty, just pitch black. If you were blind, ask yourself how badly you would want to see.”

If you want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you want to do something, and there’s no way, you make one. You create it.

“If pushing yourself to your limits could give you sight, would you do it? If there was a cure would you let anything stand in your way? Would you listen to the haters and the critics to see again? Do you really want to succeed?”

This is what makes the difference. This and nothing else.

Most people, they kinda-sorta want it. Most people, they prefer to wish for future comfort rather than pay the price to achieve what they want.

But if you were blind?

If you really, really wanted it?

If your life depended on it?

“Would you really care if they mocked you, laughed at you, pointed at you or bad-mouthed you? Would you be concerned about your extreme goal or just embrace the extreme work? What if you had to learn hurt, trust pain, and embrace struggle, would you still be concerned with being realistic? Would you still figure your odds and calculate your chances? If you had to spend more time planning your work-outs and less time planning your weekends, would it even be a tough choice?”

It’s all a mental game. Your mind will play tricks on you. Your mind will tell you to stop.

All that you are is all that you will ever be.

Your mind will tell you that it’s impossible. Even before you attempt it.

Why bother?

You’ll fail anyway.

Better to play it safe. Better to follow the crowd.

“If the cure for blindness was humility and pain, would you go for it? If the cure for blindness was looking foolish would you risk it? If seeing again took a fight, would you start swinging? If the cure was doing things you can’t do, would you attempt them?”

We are all great. We are all heroes. We are all magnificent and brilliant and more intelligent than any other creature before us.

But if you don’t push yourself, if you don’t destroy all the fears that you have created all these years, all the people who told you that you couldn’t do it and believed them…

Do you really want it?

Life will test you. A thousand times. Life will test you if you really want it. If you are willing to sacrifice who you are for it. Comfort, sleep, food…

If you are willing to lose friends over this.

If you are willing to be misunderstood…

“Do you really want to succeed? Then choose to be blind and do whatever it takes to see. Because if you don’t, then you are just blind anyway.”


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Life is war

 

“The one perfectly divine thing, the one glimpse of God’s paradise given on earth, is to fight a losing battle – and not lose it.”

Life is a war.

You have to fight to get what you want, you have to fight to become the person you want to be. You have to fight to put food on the table, to be fit, to accomplish goals, to take care of your body.

The hustle, as they say, never ends.

Of course, you might be inclined to use one of life’s many crutches: to have someone else take care of your needs, to dream of retirement, to dream of winning the lottery or reaching Heaven. Continue reading

Why so serious?

This is just a simple post to remind you not to take life too seriously. You’re not going to come out of it alive anyway.

People care too much. About all sorts of minor things.

Who did what, who said what.

They care too much about people who hardly ever think about them in return.

They care about who shares their beliefs and why, and who doesn’t and why not. They care about time more than they should. They care about money, more than it’s healthy. They don’t care about health until they must do something to fix it.

Why so serious?

Life doesn’t make much sense. It never did, never will.

The wisest thing you can do is accept that we know nothing.

If you are now pissed because I tried to be funny via an over-used GIF, then you’re taking yourself too seriously…

Lastly, let me give you a piece of advice: whenever you become aware that you’re taking yourself too seriously, stop, and ask yourself… so what?

Whenever you feel tired, broken, broke, sad, angry, depressed…

Whenever someone rejects you, badmouths you, or laughs at you.

So what?

If you find yourself worrying too much about a certain event in your life, think of the worst possible outcome, and then ask yourself: so what?

So what if the skies come falling down on me?

Life goes on. Or not.

We do what we can with what we have. That’s it.

So, why so serious?

You cannot save people

“You cannot save people. You can only love them.”Anaïs Nin

It was not until a few days ago that I realized how much truth hid beneath these two simple statements. I also understood that I’ve been trying to save the people I love for as long as I can remember. Continue reading

Bird by bird or the art of doing what you can with what you have

birds1“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”Anne Lamott

There are some psychologists who believe over-thinkers to have highly specialized brains; their minds are great at solving complex problems. Where most people give up easily enough, they keep thinking and trying to find a solution. They spend more time on a certain task that anyone else.

But over-thinkers often get stuck. Their minds keep trying to fix something that can’t be fixed, no matter what. And this slowly kills them inside. Continue reading

How to conquer the world…

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“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

I’ve wanted to conquer the world ever since I was six. That was when I began to create this grand vision about myself: that one day I would become the richest man in the world. Of course, over the years that vision changed. But still, I want to conquer the world.

But the thing is, you can’t conquer the world by way of force, by manipulating, by intimidating. That is a lesson that every dictator learned the hard way, either by being defeated or by having his legacy destroyed after his death.
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P.S. You’re not going to die

Just a friendly reminder.

And, yes, what doesn’t kill you makes you wish it did, but then it makes you stronger.

Have some hope, show some courage.