“A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy.” – Yanni, Greek musician.
The philosophy of life, is not written in books, or taught in institutes by professionals; there is no need for complicated philosophy because there is only one simple morality by which we need to live. That morality is the difference between human need and human want; that morality is our religion because there is only one God to whom we are answerable and compliant to. The difference between a need and a want is self-explanatory, but, unfortunately it is misunderstood under circumstances. In actuality, a need is something that we have to have, without which we cannot survive. And a want is something that we would like to have, without which we can still survive. A need is a need like appropriate clothing, a roof over our head, enough food and water to maintain our health and basic health-care amenities. A want is not only a want but something that we want to need but it can be eliminated if not affordable. A need is never overlooked in any aspects because its survival but a want can be overlooked in economic, social and financial aspects because that’s not survival, that’s called living.
Initially, we are earmarked to make not too many life choices that will inevitably affect our social behavior and reputation. We get to prioritize things by ourselves that we have to put with all the way through, we learn to outgrow negative feelings, overcome fear and make smart choices to help ourselves and then those around us. Basically, we’re given an imaginable and immaterial list of peculiarities that make us unique and human. We are not going to make such life choices when we want to answer them; it will occur to us in the most unconventional and surprising times and then, our decision will be more of an attitude notion than a contest. Our answer would be well-answerable if we have achieved to possess the simplicity of human need and human want; we will be better at making any life-choice if we know what we need in life and what we wish to want from life. This will only happen when we are well-educated about known accomplishments and misgivings of human life which is possible by positive interaction with people, taking up real-life challenges, exploring, etc.; we will be better acquainted with that we want and need if we read about natural existence, religion, humanity, creation, evolution, philosophy and heterogeneity. These genres would make us more knowledgeable to differentiate between human want and need, which also means stability in economic life. There is a fine line between a good life and a bad one; that line is formed by us and our choices of what we need and want, individually. We may exist to survive but life is meant to be fair-minded for needs and wants. We are not here to merely survive, we are meant to live by our answers, as limitless as they can be, and by our challenges.
So, if you want to go on a vacation or cut back on your expenses to fulfill better needs in life than wants, do it! Life is short as some say but only our decisions can make them immortal. Only you are responsible for the decisions you make, that is the sole purpose of our creation; we are sent here to live a life, with divinity and courage, so that we create a world, not only for the people we live with but for the mind we have chosen to be.
The surest way to confidence is uncertain but is it achieved by the presence of fearlessness? Was our creation meant to eliminate all fear and live to attain success and supported victory? Sometimes when we’re bound to challenges, all we can think of is how to face our fears and defeat the purpose of the challenge and defeat our fear rather than relishing the contentment of what happens after. It may be unwise of us to short-sight the importance of challenges and continuously denounce about getting cold feet; and ultimately backing out! We have only one life to live and sometimes challenges can get difficult, their simple existence becomes an almost sixty-four thousand dollar question. If we start to perceive challenges as a mere unnecessary demotion in our lives; a struggle that is better hidden, which the society may condemn because it brings out our true self, then, we would be unheard everywhere, even in our minds and in those of others; and a challenge would become a powerful energy that would only heighten our fears and slowly deteriorate our will to keep struggling and the hope for proliferation. Fear of any material or immaterial force is inevitable. Only through real-life challenges can we expose our fears to ourselves; there exists no other theory that can disinter our fears of any force, by anyone or anything. It becomes a part of living, fear. It becomes the way we wish to perceive the world; our fears become our guidance in ways unexplainable. Fear doesn’t exist physically, it a mental state of mind by reason and effect. Human mind reveals fear as it reveals vision, so clear and profound that our personality is formed around it. Without fear, our mind would be presumptuous and corrupt; it would not know boundaries and limitations with reasons and logic. Any reasonable act of conduct would be hushed if without any fear of human’s mind over existence or reality.
Human beings are bound to a cycle, which is the reparation of human personality. Each mark on this cycle is growth and stability, and it can only stay that way if we choose to be sensible and understanding. Basically, if we choose to have brains! I have often heard people say that fear is unnecessary and just a distraction; it needs to be destroyed as quickly as possible because it cause problems for the individual and to those around him/her. Fear is thought to be destructive for us, it destroys mind, peace, love and happiness; especially happiness.
I won’t prolong my article, Keep your fear, any more than 600 words so I dedicate this paragraph to my perception of fear for one prime reason which is to share my ideology and portray pieces of my mind to make better of people and the world. The concept of fear is extremely simple. It isn’t a distraction nor is it destructive for any single human soul or mind anywhere! Fear leads to growth because it shows us our genuine limitations much better than those surrounding us; it does make us more vulnerable to tolerance in ways that our limitations become more defined and we learn to understand the importance of it. It encourages adventurousness better than any other immaterial force of mind. So, fear is not a setback; it does not lead to unhappiness in any way. Fear is inevitable and existent forever BUT FEAR IS GOOD ONLY WHEN IT IS CONTROLLED UNDERSTOOD THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. And the correct way to do so is uncertain, it exists individually.
In the end, we all die. We die inevitably as equals without discrimination and power. We die for the life we lived, no matter the years we have lived for. Life is the filling of death and vice versa; it doesn’t exist so that the other is temporarily defeated in a way that we feel at ease when we don’t have to burden both of the realities, life and death, together, on our shoulders. Life is the ultimate definition of death and death is of life. Without a reality as fearsome and strong as death, life would have not been lived as it is now, by us! Without a reality as beautiful and simple as life, death would have not been the farewell of the end. So, as you see, we aren’t here to choose life or death each day; we aren’t here to decide our faith in both of them; and we aren’t here to plan our life or our death to live a monotonous human-life and to surrender foolishly to death. God has given us life and only God will give us death. The choice that is left with us is as simple as our creation- when life is given to us, we should accept it with gratitude and live wisely and whole-heartedly; and when death is before us, we should accept it with weightiness and happiness as that is why we have been created for. Life is made short by effort, so we should not be quick in our actions and responsibilities; and death is made painful by effort, so we should not fear oblivion. To endure the ability to accept what is before us is to endure a peaceful life and a peaceful death.
To endure a life and a death is simple yet extremely difficult. It requires knowledge and patience; knowledge that of a noble and wise soul, who understands people and their sentiments towards existence and duty; and the patience to believe in the gravity of that knowledge. Knowledge isn’t written in scripture; knowledge is as pure as driven snow, learnt only by those who possess the desire to not live in denial any-longer. We have lived to die and in the end, we die for the life we have lived. Without true knowledge, life and death would be frittered by us. And there will come a time when we will feel sheer guilt and regret for not understanding the purist purpose of our lives when knowledge was offered to us, as true knowledge is omnipresent. To endure wisdom is to endure a complete life and a complete death.
Beauty is misunderstood today. Beauty is not just physiognomy and demeanor; it is beyond the beauty of our minds, it’s the creation of our soul and how we, as individuals, have chosen to build it. Beauty is everywhere and those who perceive it, speculate on it and use it are one of humanity’s purist creations. Beauty is inevitable, it is a gift of mind, soul and body; we are products of this gift, so lucky to have been created to live out of this, in a world so chaotic and manifold, that we choose to be who we are everyday. This choice is ours and will be forever; as beauty was a gift to us, this choice is a gift for the world as we cater ourselves to it. So, as beauty is as delicate as a feather, we should design it with thought and sensibility. We shouldn’t let ourselves be taken advantage of this gift in a way that would misfortune the purity of our lives. We shouldn’t become an example of prejudice and hatred in our own eyes. We should live each day with patience, if not happiness; and gratitude, if no wealth. Always remember that beauty is not what others see in us, it is that vision we see in ourselves. To endure beauty in living is to endure a good life and a good death.
Existence is a shield and humans choose to live life that way our reality wants us to. We obey and respect our reality because if we turn back then all that is left is blind faith and no courage. You should not move forward in life without having to stop letting your past guide you. Now, life may seem controllable, you may be able to handle situations with less thinking and effort but later when you choose to begin something challenging in your path, this sentence would make sense of your nervousness, ‘ Never run after life, you may think you are capable of skipping a few steps along the way, but in the end even a single step that you take can help and make you get firm and determined, so trying to achieve success is never worth by skipping a few steps, it is worth when you work hard on the step you’re on without thinking about the step you’re about to take.’
On the streets of Mumbai, you find kinds of people, some strange, some arrogant, most self-involved and few free-thinkers. But one thing that the people of Mumbai have in common, struggle and determination which is fueled by the will to become the next big thing! I read somewhere that in life the most important thing to do is to sacrifice what we are for what we could become, which means that you have to unhinge part of your morals and thinking only to become better and work until you see yourself a better woman. When I look in the mirror I often refrain from standing by on ‘ifs’ because it destroys my inner peace, so to be better I elude away from self-criticism, the world outside my room is full of it.
The reason of my writing is to make my readers believe that if you want to get somewhere, you have to begin from the least of all labor; you may be a taxi-driver for 5 years and still make it big in the next 5 or you may be out on the street begging for money and clothes and still make it successful later in life. Miracles happen, you do succeed, no matter where you start from people! There are stories, true stories of people like us making it big, becoming fortunate and eluding away from ways otherwise considered unhealthy. All you need to struggle and determination, lots of it!!