That is the indomitability of the human spirit. We always persevere, always strive forward, no matter how dire the situation. Most of us, however, no longer face serious dangers at any point. Modern life has taken care of the vast majority of them. No, what we’re actually faced with is a seemingly always increasing amount of little annoyances.
Life’s full of them. From stubbing your toe to being late for work, these dangers lurk in the shadows, waiting to pounce on us when we least expect it. It may seem sometimes like the whole world’s against you, and everything is conspiring to just annoy you to death.
If that happens, and you find yourself about ready to give in, spare a thought to the beginning of what we said: necessity is the mother of invention. When we’re tested, we’re at our best. You don’t have to always look on the bright side of life, as the old song said, but you don’t have to throw in the towel either.
When it comes right down to it, we don’t get a lot of time on this planet, so we may as well use it properly, and not sweat the small stuff – and it’s almost all small stuff. No one wants to be on their deathbeds and have a series of regrets flashing before their eyes.
You can choose to be ordinary, or be extraordinary. Now, most of our lives are not spent climbing mountains, making movies or walking down Milan runways, but that doesn’t mean that we have to act like we’re nothing special. Everyone has that special spark, that little thing that makes them – and absolutely no one else in the world – them.
It’s really down to finding inspiration, and that may be found in the most unexpected, unconventional of places. Some are inspired by great works of art such as the Mona Lisa. Others may look at a country landscape or watch an empowering movie and feel their lungs fill up with air. Others still – when faced with those same little obstacles life so often puts in our way – manufacture inspiration out of thin air and make a choice – to be extraordinary.