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#9 "we can't have it all" - CAN WE?




The concept that we cannot have it all is indeed one that has been etched deeply into our mind. It's a notion that constantly reminds us to make sacrifices, to choose one aspect of life over another, suggesting that it's impossible to find a balance where every facet of our lives can flourish. But, is this truly the case, or have we been so inundated with this belief that we fail to see the potential for a life where we can indeed have it all?


Social media, with its polished images and curated lives, often presents us with the illusion of perfection. We see billionaires leading seemingly flawless lives, mothers with idyllic relationships with their children, athletes with impeccable bodies and discipline, and it's easy to feel that somewhere, someone is living the dream we're told we cannot have. But what we see are mere fragments, the highlight reel of their lives, meticulously selected to portray a semblance of perfection.

Consider the story of Steve Jobs, a visionary who changed the world, yet his wealth and success could not shield him from illness. Reflect on the countless celebrities, living the 'perfect life', yet struggling with personal relationships, battling divorces, and more. And let's not overlook the so-called 'perfect families', behind whose doors lie battles with addiction and discontent. It paints a clear picture – the perfect life, as society has branded it, is an illusion.


What if we've got it all wrong? What if the pursuit of this perfect life is the very obstacle to our happiness? Marcus Aurelius and Van Gogh, from their distinct walks of life, converged on a profound truth: the beauty and fulfillment of life reside in its simplicity. They remind us that happiness is not a destination to arrive at, but a journey to be experienced; not in the grand achievements, but in the everyday moments that we often overlook.

It's time to redefine what it means to have it all. To understand that having it all doesn't mean balancing on the precarious edge of societal expectations of wealth, success, and personal fulfillment. Instead, having it all means embracing the journey, recognizing that the fullness of life comes from the richness of experiences, the depth of relationships, and the pursuit of passions that truly ignite our souls.


So, let's challenge the narrative. Let's recognize that the perfect image portrayed to us is but a facade. Understand that the journey to fulfillment and happiness is unique to each individual, and the key is to define what having it all means on your own terms.

Is it financial freedom? A loving family? Time for yourself? Whatever it is, it's attainable. It requires discipline, determination, and perseverance, yes. But above all, it demands an appreciation for life's simplicity, an understanding that the most profound joys often come from the most unassuming moments.


It is difficult to be simple in a world that constantly compels us to want more, to be more, to achieve more. Yet, therein lies the beauty of life. In simplicity, we find clarity. In clarity, we find joy. And in joy, we truly find what it means to have it all. Let this be the day you start redefining what success and happiness mean to you. Break free from the constraints of societal expectations and craft a life that's uniquely yours, a life where you can indeed have it all, on your own terms.


Remember, it's not just about reaching the destination; it's about embracing the journey, every step of the way. MIND YOUR TRUE NORTH.







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