“You can be anything that you want to be.”
“Everyone could travel if they wanted – people simply choose not to.”
These are just two of many statements that bother me on various lifestyle and travel blogs alike. Life paths and futures become reduced to arbitrary “choices” in a single sentence. Judgement on those who cannot seem to live their dreams is heavily placed.
“If you don’t do it, it’s your fault,” we tell others. “I have no time for people who blame their problems on everyone and everything else.”
I believe in self-empowerment and the power of positive thinking. But nowadays we often reduce outcome to nothing but personal choice, and I wonder if these kinds of sweeping statements actually hinder people from achieving what they want to out of life because they become swamped by the world’s problem.
I’m not religious, but one of my key philosophies in life is:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
You will sink into misery if you don’t have the courage to fight for your dreams and don’t possess autonomy, but equally you will lose your mind if you keep trying and failing to change things that are out of your control.