To live a life uncommon. But don’t we all strive for that? To make a mark, to “be something”, to be extraordinary.
Not everyone. Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t. Look around. So many people are content to sit and wait. Wait for an answer about the purpose of life. Seek it around them in nature, in religion, in relationships that ultimately don’t satisfy and do more harm than good.
To be something. That requires an unlimited amount of perseverance with the ability to accept certain failure and still continue in the direction you want to go. You have to want it because in the wanting of something, we work to achieve it. Imagine a man falling in love with a woman. The man must make her love him or else all is lost.
But don’t drop out of the race like a lover scorned or a lover satiated. Continue on. It is in the continuing that you find what ultimately was meant to await you, because you actively pursued it NOT because it happened to land in your way. Value the time it takes to get there, learn from the lean times, the mean times and cherish with a childlike rapture the moments when things are their very best. Remember, the ups and downs are the only permanent part of life so embrace the constant swell.
Stop when you’re dead. And maybe not even then.