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Life is a beautiful struggle

Updated on December 21, 2013

Life is a beautiful thing

What I've Learned about Life

Life is a very beautiful struggle. I learned this at a young age through constant mistakes, which I now consider lessons. I am grateful that I was able to learn from each mistake. I believe that is the key to moving forward in life, and being able to let go.

I didn't always carry the wisdom that I do now. As a kid, I was in such a rush to go nowhere. I wanted to graduate early, so I did. I wanted to join the military, so I did. Then I ended up making a mistake, so I got out. Which wasn't my brightest decision, but it taught me so much that wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise.

I use to run from my demons. All that running has ever done for me is made me realize you cannot outrun life. You have to face your demons head on, or be forced to look back in regret. I was addicted to opiates, but I knew I would never succeed until I faced this addiction head on. I did that, and now I'm one of the strongest people I know.

I quit cigarettes cold turkey because I knew it was the only way. I grew tired of being like everyone else, using the same excuse of "it's too hard." Of course it is hard, but that doesn't mean you should give up!

Through my life, many people have told me I don't stick to anything. But that is far from true. I just know what I want, and unlike the majority, I refuse to settle for less. I will never settle. Even if that means taking the hardest road possible, so be it. I will do that with a smile on my face every day before I ever settle for a job in the rat race.

There are so many things we have to go through in life that are difficult. But through experience, I can tell you that they are all worth it; As long as you learn from each and every experience.

There is no easy way through life, but here are some thoughts that may help you in your endeavors.

Beauty in the ugliest days

Life is a Beautiful Struggle, but you can make the best of it.

#1. Get to know yourself, free from outside influence.

Simply put, austerity is eliminating the comforts that dull your edge. It focuses on self-restraint, rather than succumbing to the many unnecessary worldly influences present in our generation of materialism.

Being austere will help you in the process of getting to know the real you. You have to know self-discipline to stand any chance of knowing yourself. It awakens your soul, and forces you to feel your suffering. And suffering allows you to grow as a person. Of course, there are other ways, but this way is direct and to the point. Don't waste any more time in your life on things that don't matter.


#2. What is your idea of a beautiful life?


We all have dreams. We all have passions. But not all of us take the time to figure out what those dreams and passions really are. Take the time to do that, and I promise you will give more meaning to your life. You don't want to look back and regret the person you became.

Remember, you cannot expect to live a life you love if you have no idea what that is. Aside from popular belief, it's not just going to come into your life and smack you in the face. YOU HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT.


#3. START!


The hardest part of any endeavor for the most of us is taking the first step. Once you do that it becomes easier to handle. That is not to say that it is completely easy itself because it is far from that. But I can tell you one thing: it will be worth it. That is why I do it.

You see it may be easier to just work a job you hate that pay the bills than to risk failure. But then you also take an even bigger risk of growing old and regretting your entire life. So which would you rather do: be comfortable or be willing?


#4. Appreciate how far you have come!


One of the biggest mistakes we can make in this process is refusing to look at the bigger picture. As people we tend to look at how far we have left to go, rather than how far we have come. Changing your mindset is one of the biggest factors in finding success. Start here, and show the world how beautiful your struggle really is. We all have greatness inside of us, and it is a damn shame to hide it.


#5. Have realistic expectations.


Now while I did say take risks in life, you also have to have realistic expectations. Don't ever say things like "I will be a millionaire by 30, or my life will be over." That will only hurt your progress. There is no reason to think like that. Stop believing in the bullshit known as "The American Dream" because everything worthwhile in life takes work. There is no easy way. Small steps are the key to greatness.


#6. Be grateful


You need to be appreciate what you have. In 3rd world countries, people are still happy. Why is that? How can people who maybe get one meal a day, or have to shower in a stream be happy? It probably has a lot to do with them being grateful for the things they do have, and the things they can do. You have to lose the mindset of constantly wanting more, and actually start appreciating what's in front of you. I believe we can learn a lot from their ways of living. Find and count your blessings, live your beautiful life, and smile more. You got to focus on the meaningful things in life to help you find contentment.



Bonus! #7. Don't let fear be the reason you don't succeed.


I know far too many people that let fear control their lives. I use to be one of them until I realized that it is no way to live. Worrying about things will never change your situation. You have to actually do something. And if you have given your best day in and day out, what is there to be worried about or scared of? How will that ever change anything?



Life is a beautiful struggle, and I wish you all good luck. I hoped I helped in any way at all. And I will leave you with some wisdom followed by a short video for some motivation:


"Fall seven times, stand up eight." Japanese Proverbs


When life knocks you down, GET BACK UP!




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