By Tohan Omorodion
Eleanor Roosevelt was so right when she said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
You cannot know who you are if you do not stretch yourself, try new things, embrace new adventures, embrace life. Ultimately, it boils down to you and only you. It’s your life, your experiences. It is impossible to please everyone so why not focus on pleasing yourself?
Now, don’t be selfish. Be self-aware. Remember, that if you are growing at anyone else’s expense, then you’re not actually growing. Life is about exploring the world around you. Use that exploration to figure out who you are, making new goals to attain everyday. This way, your horizons can be expanded to the max and your mind will continue to broaden with each new experience.
Without this exploration, your happiness is elusive and temperamental at best. Your relationships are hollow and based on superficial qualities. Contentment is impossible. You will always wonder - even if only in the back recess of your mind - What if? Why didn’t I? I wonder…
Every time you read about someone who is close to death, they all say the same thing. They only things they regret are not having enough experiences and listening to the wrong people. I’ve read a lot about this. They regret not loving more, not spending time with people. Stuff like that. No one ever regrets not working more.
Adventure! Explore! Create! Enjoy! Happiness! Those are the most important things. Focus on them and how they will make you a better person, give you a more fulfilled life, and by extension make the world a better place.
No one who has made a difference let someone else dictate his or her life. Be the rebel. Be the Einstein, the Roosevelt, the Sacajawea, the da Vinci, the Oprah, the Curie. Be you and be wonderful!
Eleanor Roosevelt also said, “Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.”
If you’re doing what is best for you, then there’s absolutely no reason to apologize To Anyone. For Any Reason. As they say, “you do you.” Those who truly love you and want what is best for you, they will come alongside you. If they do not, then they are probably not a part of your growth process and they do not deserve a place in your journey.