Success

Of all the obsessions in the world, one of the most dangerous is the obsession people have with ‘success’.
A very common thing in today’s world is that by the age of 25, 26, a person reaches a preconceived conclusion about whether he is successful or unsuccessful in life.

That means that at a very young age in life, they label themselves as successful or unsuccessful, and try to live according to that label for the rest of their lives.

There is a similar over-riding idea about the success of the society. Media channels, advertising projects, positive thinkers and self-help advisors are constantly trying to push people in the direction of something called “success”.
Because of that, there is a great chance that a person will be under social pressure to be “successful” from a very young age.

I have met many people in my life who have been pushed towards depression because they did not get the success they thought at a very young age.

The only reason they really get into trouble is because they adopt a ‘life schedule’ made by others and start following it like crazy.

An inevitable result of all these things is that most of the society is tempted to follow the same mold of life by calling it “success”. After that, they get stuck in a monotonous, boring and stressful life.

People stuck in this mold avoid taking risks. Doing new things, avoiding new experiments. They don’t want to risk that idea of ​​”success” they’re clinging to.

Very few people go anywhere within this mold as expected. Most of the people are holding on to this life like they are holding on to a tiger’s tail and are struggling with it.

One thing that becomes clear when you look at it openly and away from this mold is that ‘success’ is a very relative and vague idea without any specific meaning. It’s just like an empty, open land where anyone can settle where they want.

What else is it but senseless folly to suffer in search of the best place to settle in an open empty land where you can live wherever you want?

But for “success” to look like this kind of free and open land, I think it must have been bet with life for some time.
Whether we like it or not, at least half of our lives are spent on these bets.

That means that most people living in the world understand this true pattern and balance between 35 and 40 years of life. But it is not something like wisdom that falls from the sky with time.

It’s like when you bet with a complex machine for some time, you automatically understand how the machine works as soon as you bet. When you start to understand how the machine works, you don’t need to work harder than it takes to run the machine.

I prefer to use the term figuring it out rather than the word understanding to explain this understanding.
This is a completely different feeling from the thrill and excitement of handling the machine for the first time.
So really the only thing we can do is to climb over events until we begin to understand to some extent how the ‘machine’ that is life works. Even though we feel different emotions at different times during this crossing, and give different interpretations and judgments to those emotions, none of them are as serious as we think.

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