I’ve always been a thinker. I spend a lot more time in my head than I probably should. I’m always searching for the meaning behind certain things in an attempt to define them for myself. Being open minded towards everything allows me to gain different perspectives. My beliefs and values are different from most people. People may not agree with mine and vice versa. But I’ve always been intrigued by other people’s thought processes.
You see, a person doesn’t have to agree with me because at the end of the day we are all entitled to our own opinions. Nevertheless, it’s important to understand how others come to their different conclusions.
I like what Marcus Aurelius says in the book Meditations:
“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
Life is about searching and digging deep within yourself to find your truth. No matter how many opinions you may hear along the way, dare to define what life means to you.
Let’s begin, shall we.
Experiences + Knowledge + Wisdom + Application =
Every year there’s a special day we celebrate- the day we were born. When we hit a certain age, our birthday becomes less about celebrating and partying and more about reflecting (nothing wrong with doing both of course!). While on this day most people think about their success and accomplishments, I spend equal time thinking about the mistakes, failures, and lessons I’ve learned over the years.
It doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge where I am. I just spend more time acknowledging the fact that I’m not where I once was. I realized at an early age that you will learn more about life through your pain and hardships than your success will ever teach you. I’m not saying success doesn’t have its advantages. Everyone wants to win. I’ve never wanted to lose at any point in my life. We all want to be on top. However, I am saying the mistakes and hardships we experience offer invaluable lessons that we could learn no other way.
Have you heard this saying before?
“When you know better, you do better.”
It’s crazy when you really think about it. We are all just trying to figure it out as we go, even if it may seem at times that we have it all together.
Let’s do this:
Think about the people who raised you- your parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, the Gorillas if you’re Tarzan, whomever. As a child, we probably said to ourselves, “Man those people there, they got all the answers. They know how to cook. They clean after me. They give me snacks. They know how to speak eloquently. They read words in those things called books. Man, they are super people.” And it may seem as so until you get older and you realize how easy they made it seem to “have all the answers.”
The truth is we’ll never have it all together. We’ll never have all the answers no matter what age we are. We just get a little more experienced each day and become better equipped to navigate life through the application of our knowledge and wisdom we’ve gained over the years.
I had a conversation with a young man who was just about to go to university and he said to me:
“These years are going to be great. I have everything figured out. By the time I’m finished man, things are going to be booming!”
I smiled and asked him his age.
He answered, “Nineteen.”
I then said:
“Man, the cerebral cortex of a human being isn’t fully developed until around the age of 25.” (I went to school too, man.)
He said, “Wait what?”
Learn what you can. Take that knowledge, mixed with your values, beliefs, and the experiences you’ve had, and go define your truths. Then, just do your best to make well-educated decisions and solve problems. You may not have all the answers now, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never find them.
After all, we are all just trying to figure out this thing called life as we go.
Blog Edited by:Chanelle Price