Recently I found this quote while watching Criminal Minds:
“You have to ask yourself what kind of father you want to be. And when you figure that out, then you’ll know what to do.” – David Rossi (Criminal Minds, S05E10, “The Slave of Duty”)
I instantly liked that quote, after I changed the word “father” to “person”. So many times I have been on a crossroad, questioning whether I’m already on the right path or not – but which one is “the” right path anyway? This brought me to one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”.
I personally think that any path we decide to pursue is “the” right path, as long as we put our heart and soul into it. We have to follow our passion and do what we love in order to be at peace with ourselves. We might get a lot of obstacles and distractions, but who said it would always be easy anyway? If life gives you lemon, take that sh*t and be brave because lemons cannot kill you.
Writer Cyril Connolly once said, “Better write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.”
Indeed. [Substitute “write” with “live”] We have to learn to think and decide for ourselves. We do not always have to do something just “because someone said so” and vice versa. People will talk no matter what decision we make, so why even bother? Social standards should not rule us every time, because in the end, the consequences and responsibilities are all ours.
Any choice you pick, any decision you make, any path you pursue; it doesn’t have anything to do with fate or destiny or luck – it’s all yours to decide. Tough people don’t make excuses, and wise people learn from mistakes. Everything that happens in your journey, either it’s good or bad, will teach you something; as long as you keep walking, you will always move forward. Find your passion, decide who and what you want to be, and then, just like Agent Rossi said, you’ll know what to do.
…anyway, the wind blows…* 🙂
*Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody