Once more, a Dr. Seuss quote, but this time, an incomplete one. And that’s not because the rest of it is irrelevant, actually it is very relevant and I’ll complete it for you in a heartbeat before you go googling and forget about this great read. But I’ll stick to the first part of the quote for this post. So the rest of it goes “…but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” But forget that for now, or not, if you don’t want to.
There’s a lot of achieving to be done in life and I can bet that all of us feel great when we achieve something we’ve always dreamed of achieving. When we get to the top of our ladder, whichever one it is, we feel proud of ourselves and that’s partly why people celebrate graduations. Finally all the hard work or lack thereof paid. Up there on top we see great sights. And it would be really nice to believe that somehow we made it and that somehow things are always going to be great but life is more than just getting to where we’ve always dreamed of getting and you know it.
It’s quite often you think that once you just get through something then everything will be smooth sailing from there on. And you’ve probably said these words before, ‘I can’t wait to…’ often said with the idea that well, you have to go through a particular thing to be happy and with the presupposition that that particular thing you’re going through is like hell with the fire turned up a little bit more.
Perhaps you can’t relate but let me bring it closer home. Maybe you’ve thought that if you get something you’ve always wanted, maybe a phone, a car, or a particular someone then things will be great for you, you’ll be at your peak and nothing’s going to pull you down. And maybe you’re wrong and you know that you’ve been wrong about this all along, Because even if you reach the top of your mountain, no matter how steep and dangerous the mountain you’re climbing is, there’s always another mountain ahead so perhaps life is not a mountain but a range of mountains. And perhaps no matter how hard you try to climb up the mountain you won’t even reach the top because that’s not guaranteed. Maybe you’re weak or not that smart and maybe you have an underlying medical condition and you’ll be cut off before you even start. Therefore you’re not entitled to success no matter how unfair life has been to you and no matter how hard you work.
This post wasn’t meant to be about mountains but I hope you get my point. I know, up on top you are seeing great sights but remember that you’re an extremely blessed and even lucky individual to get there on top and that the top of one mountain is the start of an even steeper and more dangerous mountain. So celebrate, celebrate your wins but don’t forget how awfully lucky you are to be where you are and don’t stop moving forward because there’s a lot to be done ahead of you.