How should you live this life?
When you can’t find a way or an answer, it’s only natural to get frustrated. It feels as if you’ve done all you can. You’ve summoned up all this courage, paved your own road, yet you still manage to reach a point where you just don’t know where to go anymore. You begin to ask yourself, “Should I just go back and take the safe route like everyone else?” They seem fine. It’s proven, and it works. You think to yourself that maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all. You convince yourself that going the safe route will resolve all problems and answer all your questions.
Then again, when you decide to go the safe route, you’re then faced with a new set of problems. “I feel so empty inside. I don’t feel like I’m living my life to the fullest. I feel so insignificant.” Because by moving backwards, you’ve given up on the way you want to live and the impact you want to have on the world. You’ve given up on your outlook, your voice, your journey and, most important of all, you’ve given up on yourself.
But there will always come a point where you’ll see or hear something that will once again trigger that deep burning question inside of you:
“Who am I?”
Because up until the point you decided to give up and join the masses, you were at least going out and doing your own experiments. These experiments led to new answers, new ways of thinking and new results. You were making your own conclusions about life.
But now you’re back here… back in the comforts of the majority… uncomfortably comfortable.
What do you do? Sometimes it’s almost like there are only two options in life: Take the safe route but feel absolutely empty inside or take the road less traveled, but life is a struggle.
Luckily for us, it’s never that extreme. In every situation we find ourselves in, there is always a bit of both, and we have the option of taking a side. You can blend in once in a while to feel safe and supported. Other times, you can formulate your own opinion and maintain your sense of self.
Point being, as long as you are proactive about going out and gaining first hand experience about how you want to live your life, then it is your choice to make. Don’t ever live life simply because of a popular slogan you heard or because someone else forced something on you. Experiment. Create an educated, sound and profound decision that is uniquely yours based solely on your personal experiences.
And share it with us because, believe it or not, we want to know the answers to the questions you’re asking too. So don’t you dare give up on us.
As your life and your work inspires me to keep moving forward, I share my work – my words, my photos, and my point of view – because I want to return the love and encourage you. If you are ever feeling brave and fearless, I hope you will follow through, find yourself and live the life you want to live. If you are ever feeling weak and lonely, I hope you are reminded that you are not alone.
Because we all feel the same emotions, we all go through similar processes in life and because we're all still searching.
by Jason Lam