Growing up, I was never the achiever. To say that I was even in contention for that would be an overstatement. I was always content with just passing the line. This was because I used to procrastinate till the very last moment and prided myself for for surviving another day. This was my way of coping with the “All or Nothing mentality” that I have. Since, I lacked the discipline, I decided to stay out of the game.
With time something interesting happened. I started moving iteratively. I was abundant. I had nothing to lose. I set goals which at the time seemed impossible. Then it happened. I got something that I had once longed for. I felt on top of my little world and then it all came crashing down. I wasn’t happy. I stopped taking risks. Beyond all that I stopped living in the moment and was paranoid all the time.
I was so afraid of losing what I had that I failed to acknowledge everything that had gotten me there. Now, I have since given up what I once held very dear and reflected on the experience deeply since then.
The dream is always better than the reality.
Our value system is based upon our perception of things. The motivation, desire and all the other emotions that are triggered on the thought of getting something is always stronger than the experience itself. This is a key thing that we will have to remember while setting our goal.
Dream higher. Go farther.
Dream here is like the moon. It should be ever elusive. Unattainable and always forcing us to better our yesterday. Whether we reach the dream is of no significance. It will remove all the chains that are self enforced or society enforced. It will give you a purpose that is intrinsic and will keep pushing you further.
Be happy with what you have. Proud of what you do. Never content with where you are.
Always be prepared to lose what you have and be grateful for it. For, what you have now is a dream for yesteryear you. Next, in order to be proud of what we do, we will have to do something better than yesterday. This can only be done if you can enjoy it. Finally, being content with where you are puts chains around you. You lose what got you there and you slowly become a shell of your former self.
Thus, I finally understood that perfection is a philosophy. You live by rules with the aim to reach an ideal. The ideals of honour, valour, chastity, frugality, compassion and care are ideals set by a good state so that the people of the state emerge the strongest. The statue of a king is to set a goal for the subjects.
In today’s world rotten with hedonism and narcissism which will lead us to our eventual despair. The onus is upon us to emerge victorious, which I am sure we will.