Friday, April 10, 2015

Power Is Light

Winning is exhilarating.
Success is addictive.
And then there are people who want to win because they think it is their responsibility. They owe it to the world to excel at everything they choose to do. They forget the joy of winning and begin to condition their minds to achieve it, excuses notwithstanding.

It has been drilled into them that success is all that matters. They want to win because it's their
identity, everything they built up boils down to ruthless wins. If you tally their scoreboard, the discontentment they get from one loss is worth every bit of wins they got.

And then there are people who don't just enjoy winning, they love the act of playing itself. To them, exhilarating rush of success is untainted by the greed of achieving it again. True power is lightness. Something done freely, but with passion. As mentioned by Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being - the idea that "lightness" vs "heaviness". The more power you have, the higher you can fly.

Maybe there’s no job I’m the only man for, but
Will I fade away doing nothing?

Failure is constant. Hard work does not always overcome natural ability. If I tried painting the Mona Lisa, I'd fail the first time. This doesn't mean I'll do any better the 10th time. We have been taught that the pain we exert is directly equivalent to the rewards we'll reap. While we may be temporarily disillusioned to believe this, some people win, while some struggle to get by.

People fail. And they fail hard. Is fear of failure worse than the consequences themselves? I don't know the answer to that. But I know that we grow through failure. We fail not only because we have to, but also because we need to.

"She said my darling, you’re not falling 
Always looked like you were flying to me" 

People soar high not because they are greater than others, but because they don't fear defeat. Utter, absolute and painful defeat. Victory is not something you can latch on to forever. The pursuit of victory is not what makes us strong, the passion for it does.



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