The Easy Road Sustains - The Hard Road Develops
Dying is easy, we all own a free pass to this experience no effort required. Living, on the other hand, can be hard. To get good at it requires time, knowledge and exposure to meaningful experiences. An infinite maze of possibilities lies before each of us. On top of the enigma of existence, we are all acutely aware that somewhere along this maze we end. Because of our pending finale, we tend to propel ourselves forward in disillusionment. We often chase what’s on the surface of the ocean, never really harnessing the full capacity of our abilities. Simply put, we aim for the easy win. A lifetime can be filled with satisfying quick fixes and arrive at its inevitable conclusion with only the regret of “what ifs” to ponder. Granted these are deep, painful regrets. These types of regrets are difficult to overcome and tend to rise up after it is too late in life to do anything about them. It is a slap from reality. Effort trumps the quick fix every time.
An alternative to the easy road (which turns out not so easy after all) is to choose a life of grit. A life where your efforts outshine those around you and at times will leave you broken from failure. A life whereupon rising in the morning the day is devoured, every last drop is squeezed out. This is a life of greater suffering but also of greater potential for love and wisdom. It’s a hard life but its an exchange for the regrets in the coffin. The easy wins may sustain you but the hard road develops you. No exceptions, no excuses, no regrets. Overcome the ape.
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