There’s a quote I love from the movie, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”:
There are some people into whose laps good things fall.
I am not one of them.
I must go out and get it myself.
So much wisdom in just a few sentences. The first sentence is something that we all know to be true. How often do we look at an acquaintance, friend, colleague, or celebrity and think, “must be nice”.
The second sentence in the above quote, if left unqualified, smells a lot like self-pity.
“I am not one of them”.
If only I had their luck.
If only I didn’t have so many obstacles.
If only my life weren’t so complicated.
But it’s in the last sentence that the seeds of wisdom are planted. “I must go and get it myself”.
Yes. So much yes!
There will always be people who have it easier than you. Just as there are always people who have it harder. But human nature seems to concentrate its focus on the shadier side of the street. It’s so very easy to forget to be grateful for what we have, and focus on what we lack.
Yet gratitude and ambition are not mutually exclusive. Being grateful for today shouldn’t prevent us from striving for something different, something better, tomorrow.
Yes, other people may have it easier. They may get all the lucky breaks. They may be born under that proverbial lucky star. So what? Just because something is hard to do, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be attempted. At what point might the odds change in your favour? You may never know if you give up the pursuit too soon. Imagine if having given up, you later discover that you were on the verge of catching what you were chasing, around the very next bend.
If you don’t like what you’re doing with your life, the very least you owe yourself is to give your very best effort toward changing it. If not now, when? In your next life?
You may feel like your circumstances in life are patently unfair. But fairness is a misunderstood concept.
“Fairness isn’t equality of fortune. It’s equality of chance.”
Take your chance. Be a dream chaser. You never know what you might catch.