Whatever we choose to do in life, there’s a price to be paid.
There are jobs that don’t require much education or effort, but they don’t pay very well and often result in boredom and resentment.
There are positions of power that fill up your bank account but leave little time for anything that truly matters, such as family, friends and free time.
A select few become massively rich and famous, but they lose their freedom, having to live their lives behind locked doors, never being able to walk down the street like normal people.
We can become celebrated violinists, ballerinas or hockey stars, but only if we invest huge amounts of time, money and effort.
We can take the easy route: spend every night on the couch, watching our favorite TV shows with a beer and a pack of crisps, but left with a nagging regret over the unfulfilled potential and the chances we never took.
When we’re young, we all tend to think we’re special and that, somehow, we will get it right. We will get everything we want without having to choose.
If we get past this Peter Pan phase, there comes an inevitable facing of the truth. No one gets through life without paying a price. Every single second, we make a choice, whether we’re aware of it or not. In every moment, we’re creating ourselves.
The trick is knowing this and asking ourselves: what is the future that I want so much that I’m okay with the sacrifices?
If we know the answer to this question, we’re not as likely to get stuck, to feel lost, to lose motivation and to have regrets.
We’ll know what we want in life, and if you ask me, that’s as good as having a superpower.
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