There are two ways to live life – neither one being more right than the other – some people live their lives with a checklist of things they feel should do because it’s what society expects of them – I call that living a ‘planned life’ – while others are lead by something greater than themselves and just make up a checklist as they go along – I call that living a ‘buried life’.
My fifteen-year-old sister is a perfect example of someone who is living a ‘planned life’ – she’s a straight A student and dreams of becoming a Charted Accountant – or maybe I should say my father dreamt of becoming a Charted Accountant and because he couldn’t he is now vicariously through her. I can’t help wondering how my sister is going to feel years from now when she realizes that she’s living my father’s dream and not her own. I wake up every day thanking my lucky stars that I’m disabled – had I been able-bodied my father would’ve probably lived vicariously me instead so essentially being disabled has enabled be to peruse my dreams without fear of failure because no one expects me to succeed at anything I do anyway so if I do it’s a bonus.
Unlike my sister I don’t know where I’m going to be in the next five years – which can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you choose to look at it – but, you know what I’m going to have a lot of fun getting there because I’ve realized that the key to uncovering my’ buried life’ is to be present for every moment of this journey that we call life so my advice to you is to try something different and if you don’t succeed the first time then just get up and try again because I believe that every failure is just another step closer to success.