The great panic

“The meaning of life is just to be alive.
It is so plain and so obvious and so simple and yet everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

– Alan Watts

A friend of mine showed me this quote the other day and it hit me straight away. Alan Watts has a powerful way with words. His words educate, enlighten, inspire. This quote changes it’s meaning each time I read it. Each time, it means something different to me, but every time I read it, it gives me a sense of realisation.

The meaning of life is just to be alive. We fear, worry, panic over everything we meet in life. We create that fear, worry, panic but why?

When reading the quote now; it made me realise that I don’t need to worry about what others think. I don’t need to be afraid of rejection or dislike. We are here to live. We are here to make the most of what we have. To enjoy our lives, our world and the wonders it brings because quite frankly, we have no idea why we are here, where we have been or where we are going. All we have is the present. There is no point wondering about where the future will take us. No point trying to force it in one direction or limit our experiences. We might only be here once, so why not enjoy what we have while we have it?

I always say that I don’t care what people think of me. I am individual.I do what I want, when I want, I’m friends with who I want and like what I want.  I am a dedicated person and will always stand by what I think is right.

I’ve come to decide that there are two ways of looking at things.

One is that those people who let you down are merely just a stepping stone. They are allowing you to be that little bit stronger, wiser, experienced. You move on from their troubles and leave them in your past because life is for living, so why hold onto the things that hold you back?

The other is that we have no idea where life will take us, where we will be after life, or whether anything that happens in this lifetime really matters. People come and go, but one day, you too will be gone. Where to, we don’t know, and probably never will know. You can overcome your problems  by looking at it simply – in the long run, it wont have an effect on your life, it won’t change where you will end up. It all comes to an end, so why not get over the problems in the middle because at the end of the day, if we hold onto them, we’re not living life.

At this moment in time I don’t know whether the situation I’m in is worth overcoming and forgetting about, or whether it is just building me into a greater person. Either way, I’ve learnt from it and realised just how much I have changed recently. People are great company and make life life, but in order to live life, don’t rely on people. It’s simpler to just rely on yourself and enjoy what life has to give us because after all, life is to be alive.


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