Where there is no vision, the people perish.
We all may be alive in the technical sense of the word, but could it be possible that we all carry parts of ourselves that have died long ago?
When we were children, we loved without abandon, questioned without hesitation, dreamed without guidelines and lived without limitations… But then we “grew up”, and much like the proper adults we were expected to be, we put walls around our possibilities and became “realistic”.
But How much of us died because of that?
Somewhere along the way, many of us have lost our drive for life and settled for mundane mediocrity. Have you ever looked at middle-aged people earning minimum wage in dead-end jobs and wondered what series of events led them to where they are today? Surely they didn’t dream of being a Wal-Mart greeter when they were a child. What happened? What went wrong?
They lost the vision. If they had grand dreams, lofty goals and big plans at one time in their life, somewhere between then and now, they lost sight of it, and they lost the fire.
The world is filled with people who have lost their spark. The world is filled with people who are unmotivated, unhappy and unexcited. The world is filled with people who are just dying to be set on fire, only some of them just don’t know it yet. We are here to set fires.
“If you want to build a ship,” Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
How many of us live our lives collecting wood and carrying out tasks instead of learning to long for the endless immensity of the sea? How many of us get caught up in our day to day lives—in the drama and the complications—instead of learning to long for the life of no limits that was intended for us?
Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”
It’s time to become the people we were meant to be, to the live the lives we were intended to live. It’s time to take control of our lives, instead of letting ourselves be controlled. It’s time to take charge, to love without abandon, question without hesitation, dream without guidelines, live without limitations. It’s time to stir up the dust in our lives, to reawaken the child within, and to revive the dreams we once let die. It’s time to start some fires.
It’s time to be the purple socks and red shoes in a room full of black. It’s time to crazy and fearless, to do the things that others are not willing, to stand out, to leave an impression, to make some difference that we lived at all. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.
It’s time to shed that shyness and be bold. It’s time to chase after our dreams like our life depended on it, because it does. It’s time to let go and go all out, because when we do, we give others permission to do so as well.
It’s time to be the lighted match in a field of dead of grass and set this world on fire.