I know several people who have no belief that they can change their position in life. I am sure that we all know people who are like this, it is not a bad thing necessarily. I have written before about the people who speak wistfully of foreign lands but consider that the residents are simply luckier than they are. I am not sure that this can be viewed as a lack of aspiration, it is more a misunderstanding of the world. For these people life has borders and boundaries and they are real, tenable and almost physical. They have aspirations like the rest of us but these aspirations are bound by the limits on their world as they see it.
Of late I am thinking that these people, like my street cleaner friend, are lucky in their own way. I am very aspirational, I am convinced that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to and, in fairness, I have a good track record in this regard. My wings have been clipped by the accident and I still have a way to go before I am back on track and this is the hardest thing of all. It is so frustrating to know what you need to do, know that you can do it but be unable to take those steps. I guess that this is one of the many reasons that accidents are not advised eh?
I leave you with the thought of two people:
First Man – Stands on the beach and looks across the ocean with no knowledge of what is on the other side and no means of getting there to find out.
Second Man – Stands on the beach next to his broken boat having seen what is on the other side but unable to return.
Who is the most fulfilled, he who has had the experience or he who cannot repeat it?
That’s all from me I am off to find some wood for my boat.