Find the hardest possible thing
you could do,
and do that,
the heaviest possible thing
you could lift,
and lift that,
the most taxing responsibility
in your grasp,
and take that on.
Do you think it is by pure chance
that warriors are forged in fire?
What of their blood sacrifices?
Challenge your barriers;
do not let them sit indeterminable.
Life is not the pursuit of happiness;
life is the pursuit of the cessation of suffering.
Do you think love is a blessing?
In some ways, perhaps,
but let's not forget the responsibility
we must bear
when another soul is entrusted to us.
What greater compliment is there than that?
To say, you, no matter your faults and troubles,
you are the person in which I will spend my life with,
come hell, come the high waters of the flood,
you are the only one I want.
And to bear children, to bring children into
a dismal world such as this,
filled with wretched suffering and anguish,
such a thing is not an act of foolishness
when undertaken voluntarily,
it is an act of supreme courage.
We are not meant to be happy in this life,
we are built for struggle,
to strive and to break through the top soil
and reach the light of day.
We must bear our cross,
and continue on.
Wrote 1-5 on my phone when working out. Such an endeavor always brings this meditation. Was going to edit and turn into something more cohesive, but oh well.
And credit where credit is due, many of these ideas are presented by Dr. Jordan Peterson.
New year, same grind.