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Thursday, January 7, 2010

To worlds beyond what's real

How many times did you find yourself watching a fiction movie and thinking: "I wish we lived in that world" ?
How many times did you find yourself watching a fiction movie and thinking: "I wish we lived in that world" ? From 'Lord of the Rings', to 'Avatar', to all the Japanese anime you can think of, movies that create their own fictional worlds tend to take us in pretty strongly. There's something about these worlds that have their own realities, their own magic, that makes us envious, that makes us dream, and makes us realize that we are somewhat miserable.

I guess we all have a secret wish to escape and live different lives. We all have this stabbing feeling that life is not all that magical, that we were born on the wrong planet, and if only some things were different, we could be much happier. The truth is, most of us live the life they deserve, regardless of how happy they are. Given a chance to start over, most of us will recreate the miserable life they tried to escape all over again. If you can't look around you and find in every moment a reason to be happy, an opportunity for growth, and the courage to change, then you are condemned to your secret misery for the rest of your life, and you will likely die with it.

The world is not perfect, and you might have not been born under the brightest star in the universe, but this is all there is, and this is what you have to work with. You can watch all the movies you want, and fantasize about the life you could've had, or the life you could still have if ... you won't have that life, or the happiness you think it'll give you, unless you realize deep down that a part of you is inadequate, that somewhere in you life you failed to figure out something that a lot of people have, and that no matter how smart you are you still can't get it.

One of the things most people don't get around to, is to learn how to be happy. You might have everything you need and you don't know it. You might also not.

I could tell you to go halfway around the world, change your life, your friends, everything. And once all the changes have sunk in and you've gotten accustomed to your new life, look at yourself in the mirror and ask: "Are you happy ?". Disregard your first answer, and ask again. This time answer honestly, and don't lie to yourself. If you haven't changed, I bet you'll be no happier than before you changed everything around you.

You see in order to be happy, you need to be truly happy with who you are.
The world around you is only a detail.

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