Imagine the Possibilities
Conventional wisdom tells us that from the moment we enter this world to the time we leave it we are victims of fate and circumstance. Fate determines where we are born, our family and socioeconomic status, and the talents and gifts we bring with us. Then our circumstances take over and decide which people we will meet, the opportunities we will receive, and the amount of love, success, and happiness we will ultimately have. Sure we’ll make plans and do our best to create the lives we envision for ourselves, but at the end of the day it’s all out of our hands. Or is it?
I don’t believe anything about our lives is random or dictated by anything outside of us, and I don’t believe that our present circumstances have any influence on our future circumstances. I think we have been conditioned to believe that we have limited capabilities, and instead of trying to transform our lives, we are more inclined to just accept things as they are. We get so caught up in playing the hand we’re dealt that we can’t see that we ourselves are the dealer.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”
If we understood the unlimited potential we have, we would never accept mediocrity in our lives and we would never allow our present circumstances to discourage us because we would understand that every situation is temporary and can change in an instant. Instead of accepting the status quo, we would always be striving for our next level of greatness. We would keep a clear vision of our dreams and hold onto them until they came true. And most of all, our imaginations would fill with endless possibilities that we would turn into realities.
This is not psychobabble or new-age drivel. Nor is it even a new concept. It is the reason why we have all the amazing intellectual and artistic works, and technological and scientific advancements we enjoy today. The creators of these were visionaries who took a leap of faith and followed their dreams. They did not give up hope when no one was buying their work or when their ideas didn’t pan out. They did not allow adversity or tough times to take them out of the game. Nor did they not allow the “critics” to dampen their enthusiasm.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. Theyre not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
The truth is, it probably would have been a lot easier for them to be victims of circumstance. They could blame their failures on bad luck or poor conditions. They could talk about all the good ideas they had but never got the break they needed. And they could complain about all the people who were “out to get them”. But they didn’t and were able to accomplish that which they set their minds on.
Sometimes I wonder what our world would look like if everyone took responsibility for their lives and started living with intention and purpose. If everyone did what they love and brought their own brand of genius into the world while doing it. If everyone strived to be the best version of themselves and lived to their fullest potential. How cool would that be?
Imagine the possibilities!