The Beautiful Life We All Want

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The beautiful life you know is possible.

Nobody wants an ugly life. Nobody wants to be a coward, pursued by the furies of failure and lovelessness.

But we imagine we’re smart if we stay safe from those fates, if we “never make a mistake,’ as my brother once claimed he had done.

The world has proven it’s dangerous. We need not doubt that.

But I say, go for broke. You will make mistakes. Make them liberally. Love who you love, don’t do a work you hate, find the source of power in yourself.

All that power has been given to you at birth.

Boredom, ennui, loss of inspiration, loss of meaning for your life is the result of all the extraneous things you’re told you should be interested in, piled on top of you, burying you.

If you’re going to find the life you’re meant for, you’re going to have to oppose the advice you’re given. You’re going to have to fight for yourself against your parents, teachers and employers. You’re going to have to fight for beauty.

Winning the race society places you in could mean losing your real life.

Compromises may have to be made so you can have a coveted lifestyle, but compromises can turn into capitulation. Make no mistake, the world wants robots; you’re as close as it can get at the moment, so you’re elected.

Before you know it, the source of delight and fascination for life that you felt at three has turned into a daily repetition of minor consolations. If you want a deeper meaning for your life, you’re going to have to insist on it, do battle for it.

But it’s not just in the grand ideas, it’s in the small things, caring for the earth, loving difficult people around us, caring for children and animals, making the lives of others easier, creating some beauty — there are a million ways to bring stronger meaning to the world.

We still have the opportunities this world offers. Let us take them.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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