If you’re not up against opposition when pursuing a dream or simply living your life, then you’re probably not pursuing a dream or authentically living your life. Most of the greatest people in history have one thing in common; they were probably viewed by opposition close to them or around them as losers, crazy, selfish, lost, angry, dramatic, obsessed and sometimes delusional and often the subject of conversation around the funny failures of life; but secretly the opposition subconsciously know they are the clowns who are vicariously entertained by their own inner failure to live an authentic life.
And when it happens, it being the breakthrough to the success that the dreamer or the authentic liver of life always knew was there and the drive to get there was excruciatingly fueled by all the negative spectators through the window of their painful but prosperous and rewarding journey; the opposition suddenly become their biggest supporters or they silently disappear, along with the cynical gloating laughter that was once their badge of honor.
Life tends to order these scenarios, for all of us on some level, no matter how much we may hope that the world is a perfect stage and the room is filled with nothing but loud applause and encouraging chants in our awkward pursuit to our soul’s purpose.
Fortunately, real life doesn’t work that way. So why is this fortunate?
It’s fortunate because it helps the dreamer and the authentic liver of life discover some of the greatest characteristics they possess; perseverance, will, determination, belief, faith, strength, compassion and most of all a courageous heart. Without any of those spectacular discoveries, one would never really know and understand who they truly are and what they really came here to do.
So what should we do when we find ourselves in one or more of the scenarios?
Simply put, we should do whatever is ethically necessary to stay true to ourselves and the path and purpose to that which we were born. Yes simply put, but not always easily done, however, if we want a true authentic life, we must find a way to get there with love and compassion for others and for ourselves.
It often means distancing ourselves from the opposition and/or releasing the obligation to answer their questions or abide by their self-imposed detours that interferes with our vision, direction and arrival. And we are not required to feel guilty about any of that, to the contrary guilt stifles the momentum. Besides, whose lives are we ultimately living; theirs or ours? Who ends up the most miserable on the journey and in the end, if we are not living our own authentic life?
I will let you answer that one for yourself.
In the meantime, as you figure that out, don’t be afraid to stand boldly on the stage of life and play out every “perceived failed scenario”; go ahead be the clown behind the glass of life and let them laugh until your success silences them. In the end, whether they reveal it or not, the opposition will respect you and be inspired by your willingness to display your imperfections through your perseverance, will, determination, belief, faith, strength, compassion and most of all your courageous heart.
Life has taught me this lesson many times, but the song “Clown” by Scottish superstar artist Emeli Sande’ inspired me to write this; watch the video and let her amazing voice and lyrics underscore the message of this article and always live your authentic life to the win, no matter who opposes it.
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