There's plenty of things that you probably walk around being morbidly afraid of at every waking moment.
In fact, so afraid, you are scared of even thinking about it.
If you got in a car accident tomorrow, and would for the rest of your life be confined to a wheelchair?
What if your entire family died, victims of a tsunami while on family vacation, you being the sole survivor?
What if you got AIDS?
What if you got raped?
Maybe you even flinched reading this.
Truth is, things like this happen. And, every day, people are forced to deal with situations like this - and much worse.
You could get paralyzed from the neck down tomorrow. It's about as likely to happen as anything else.
But you don't think about it.
You're SCARED of thinking about it.
Until you have to.
Look, there are two types of wheelchair-bound people: people who wouldn't change anything about their circumstances, vibrant, happy to be alive.
And then there are people who are victims. Victimhood is a state of mind. They blame the world. And they are bitter and angry.
Just like people who are not in wheelchairs. But we let 'em get away with it when they are, because we feel sorry for them.
I read a story about a woman who got in an accident, and had just this happen to her. She said it was the best thing to ever happen in her life, because it forced her to wake the hell up. Take a good, hard look at her life and what she wanted out of it.
The thing happy people have in common is acceptance.
There are people who live in conditions you'd sooner kill yourself than to be in yourself... who are happier than you are.
How's that make you feel?
And, do you see what I'm doing here? I'm taking a stick and I'm poking it into the dark corners of your brain and giving it a good stir. Maybe I'll shake some things loose.
Maybe you'll take a good look at the things you spend your days avoiding. And maybe you'll deal with them now, not later.
These "dark" thoughts that you'd rather die than even think about, they are where your weakness lies. These thoughts are holding you back from your own life.
I don't know what your weakness lies. But you probably have a whole attic filled with crap that ties a knot in your gut. It's time for some spring cleaning. (Pretend you're in the south hemisphere...)
You can never live life to the fullest until you have dealt with these things.
He who knows how to live can walk abroad
Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.
He will not be wounded in battle.
For in him rhinoceroses can find no place to thrust their horn,
Tigers can find no place to use their claws,
And weapons no place to pierce.
Why is this so? Because he has no place for death to enter.
- Lao Tzu