The Avett Brothers have a tune with the chorus “if I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die.” There is a lot of wisdom to contemplate there.
I got into a debate the other day with one of my friends while we discussed living life to the fullest. She rejected the idea that we are “given a life,” arguing instead that life is what you make it. The idea of positive thinking came up; of speaking and willing your way to good fortune.
I undoubtedly believe that you reap what you sow. And I believe in putting good energy out into universe; it unquestionably beats the alternative of carrying and emitting negativity. However, I’m not 100% convinced that you can simply will your way through bad circumstances. And I don’t believe that all bad circumstances come into your life because you were sowing negativity. The rain falls on the just and the unjust equally and no amount of positive thinking is going to change the weather.
But you can dress appropriately and bring an umbrella.
Accept what you cannot change; change what you can. Perhaps that’s the wisdom the the Avett brothers are after.
As another friend puts it, it all comes down to accepting the life your given…not what we expected our life to be.
That’s when true sense of self occurs.