What drives you to be who you are?
Where does the push which makes you work harder come from?
How do you fuel the inspiration to keep going?
When will you find you’ve reached the end of the road?
Who is the person you aspire to be?
Those are all questions which have plagued my conversations within the last week or so. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day, to follow those around us hoping we are lead in the right direction. Like driving down the road, life delivers road blocks, detours, construction zones, and one way roads but there is a destination we all are trying to end up at. If we don’t take a pit stop now and then to stretch, breathe, and figure out if we are going in the right direction we may find we have traveled so far out-of-the-way there is not time to get to where we want to go.
To go along with the thoughts, I wanted to share a book a friend sent me. This friend reads my blog, i think ;), and we’ve had different conversations about life over the past few months. He said he had a good book he thought I would enjoy and it arrived yesterday. I started reading it this morning and find it ironic that it arrived when I needed to read it the most.
“Every adult life could be said to be defined by two great love stories. The first – the story of our quest for sexual love – is well known and well charted, its vagaries form the staple of music and literature, it is socially accepted and celebrated. The second – the story of our quest for love from the world – is a more secret and shameful tale. If mentioned, it tends to be in caustic, mocking terms, as something of interest chiefly to envious or deficient souls, or else the drive for status is interpreted in an economic sense alone. And yet this second love story is no less intense than the first, it is no less complicated, important or universal, and it’s setbacks are no less painful. There is heartbreak here too, suggested by the distant, resigned eyes of many whom the world has elected to dismiss as nobodies.” -Alain De Botton ‘Status Anxiety’
For me, I take these occurrence as road signs for me to follow. There’s to many similarities on this one thought for me to ignore. I look forward to reading this book and learning more about my own internal drive to be the best me I am can be.
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