“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I found myself struck by the above quote today. It wasn’t new to me, it fact it’s one I’ve read many times before, yet for some reason today I read it with new eyes, a new understanding.
Maybe its the journey I’ve been on the few years, so many things have not gone as I had planned or even perceived. The twists and turns of my life have left me suffering badly from motion sickness. But unlike some crazy fairground ride my life hasn’t stopped in a few minutes it’s carried on and forward.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not all been bad,along with the darkest of moments there has been have been ones of pure light and unadulterated joy. Life has certainly been for living that’s for sure.
Like the quote states the more experiments you make the better, The decisions I’ve made in life haven’t always been the best but I’ve learned from mistakes, changed where things when wrong. Rectified and moved on and in doing so got better at it (I hope).
I have to smile at the youth of today they seem to expect everything to come easy to them. Life does move at much faster pace but something’s take time. A friend of mines son was so sure it wouldn’t take him long to learn how to drive. I mean hey he had watched his dad do it so many times. It looked easy enough and on his xbox he was one of the highest scorers in that driving game.
So when he stalled the car over three times on his first driving lesson he became disheartened and gave up. “driving was overrated ” it seems.
I’m sure most of us would smile at this story but I asked myself the question “am I any different”.
I have started things I was sure I would achieve only to struggle and lose my way. I’ve given up on things rather than persevere. I’m not proud to admit this but it’s true.
Take blogging as an example so many times over my first year I nearly gave up. It seemed that nobody was reading and that everyone else was having dramatic success.
Then I looked at what I believe to be the core reason for any success. The reason for doing!
Why did I write? Why did I blog? I could carry on filling notebook after notebook with my words and not stress over people’s opinions or views.
The reason I write is that I wanted to share my words with others in hope that someone may take something away from them, may enjoy them, relate to them. So I’ve carried on and far from being one of the top blogs I’m slowly building a community of readers that I’m proud to be part of.
My friends son, he is still young but I’m sure there will come a time when wanting to drive will become more important to him than his pride. When he needs a car for his chosen career or transporting his family round. He will get back behind the wheel and restart his driving lessons.
Life is full of challenges and lessons that we need to learn. I’m learning to embrace them.
I was once told ” the only truly stupid question is the one you didn’t ask”. I love this philosophy of life.
I was glad of this reminder today. Life is an experiment but remember some experiments bring incredible results.