Most people would do anything to survive.
If you were stranded, or kidnapped, or abandoned – would you give up? If you were hurt or sick or dying – would you just say “Oh well!” or would you do what it takes to survive?
People are amazing once their fighting instincts take over. This is interesting to me because a lot of people think they “can’t” do things – simple, basic stuff! But put them in the right conditions and you betcha they will surprise themselves with what they can do.
But what is the difference between NOW and being in a scary situation? Nothing, except perceived value and lack of time. Perceived value of the self (or of life) is the most important aspect – so many people feel unworthy or like they do not matter – until their life is threatened. Then they know how much they want to live, they know what they have wasted, and they think about all the things they wanted to do, may not be able to ever do, and woe is them – they squandered their lives.
Most of this is not caused by someone preventing their freedom, or being stranded on an island with coconuts. It is mostly caused by addictions, bad lifestyle choices, and extreme negative thinking.
I am reading a book right now written by someone who went from an nonathletic office worker to someone (at age 36) who has rowed across every ocean. How did this happen? She just decided she wanted to, and then did.
People generally have easy, comfortable lives. We don’t “need” to survive, so we laze about and do whatever is pleasurable until the day comes where the BAD thing happens – a degenerative disease, a lawsuit, a spouse leaving – whatever it is. Many people also think life is hard because they don’t like their jobs, or their life, and blame society. No matter what you do, it’s a choice. You choose every moment of every day. No one else is MAKING you do anything. Even with a gun to your head, you decide whether you cooperate or fight.
My point is this: you can do anything you want. You can row across an ocean, you can make a living however you want, you can be whoever you aspire to be. It is all perceived value. Why wait until something happens to you? I was lucky something happened to me quite early in my life – something that was enough to snap me into a different mindset.
You don’t need to be at rock bottom to make a change. And you don’t need to rely on anyone else. You have the power in you to do whatever you want. The reason I bring health into the equation is because when your body is running smoothly and your brain is functioning properly and you have enough glycogen in your system, you will feel happier and have the energy to do even the craziest dreams you can conjur up.
My problem is I have so many flippin’ dreams I have a hard time choosing one. AHHH. (I know I don’t have to choose just one, though!)
Photo of Roz Savage by Birdseye View Photography.