What motivates us? What inspires us? What moves us?
These are all good questions…BUT…
The ultimate question is – what makes us do the things we do?
I have always been fascinated with the intricacies of human nature. The question of why we do the things we do, has always led me to ponder our basic human drives. Like – why do some chose to remain isolated? Or…why do you some need constant companionship? Or…why do some people always seem to choose the path less traveled?
I get it. We are all born under different circumstances – we are raised in different cultures in different regions of the world. Those aspects – plus a plethora of other factors – create the person we are.
However, I think there is something even more basic than all of that. I believe, at the core, we all want one thing. To be – and feel – fulfilled.
And whatever that word means to each of us as individuals…is the driving force behind what makes us do the things we do.
On the flip side – when people don‘t feel fulfilled – they will sometimes try to obstruct the fulfillment and happiness of others. And that’s where the problems begin.
People try to push their views and agendas on others. They do this in order to bring other people in-line with their view of “fulfillment.” I just don’t understand why we do that.
I have always loved the saying “live and let live.” If someone is living their life according to their terms, and they are not hurting anyone. Then let them live. Why do you care what they do? Honestly. I mean. Let people do their things in peace. (Now, of course, if their life choices lead them to hurt others…well…that’s a different story.) But, I am not talking about that.
Growing up, I always tended to be a little rebellious. I questioned everything. And everybody. Looking back, I think my questions all boiled to down to one word —“Why?”
I wanted to know the rationale and motivation behind everything that was asked of me. From school to church to civic duties. I wanted to understand. And I mean – truly understand – why I was doing what I was doing. (You can imagine how much I drove my parents and teachers crazy HaHa.)
Thinking back, I believe my intentions were in the right place (If I do say so myself Ha) but I think my approach was a bit misguided. I blame that on age, maturity and lack of experience. Despite this, the lessons I took from that period of my life still resonate with me today.
Basically…I still question everything. There is no way you will ever get me to blindly follow someone or some ideology, because I am simply told to do so. I have a great respect for the liberties of others. Because, I understand that we all have our reasons for doing what we do. And, who am I to judge? I am just a man who is still trying to figure out what “this” is all about.
So…please…go ahead and live your life. And enjoy it! I won’t impede your pursuit of fulfillment. And…hopefully you will not impede mine.
As the old American saying for independence goes… “Don’t tread on me.”
(P.S. The photo I took of the peacock above does not do that magnificent creature justice. In person, it is even cooler to see. When it opened its feathers, I was taken aback by the sheer size of them. It was crazy how big the peacock got. Anyway, like the peacock, let’s all radiate our beauty.)