I am one of those directionless people who are often told that this world is a race course and we humans are like horses competing with each other for survival, pride, and ultimately a better life. I always nod my head in agreement, but I seldom follow this crazy idea that almost the whole of humanity follows today.
As a result, I am lagging behind as far as being practical or successful in life is concerned. I don’t really mind it, but the problem starts when all this matters to the people who really matter to you. And that’s when one starts feeling uncomfortable and restless.
When this feeling comes, mind starts ruling the heart. Mind says that the world is right in its approach towards life and you are a loser.
Then I browse the internet for various self-help forums, where almost everyone in the world seems to be struggling to be happy and the response they get from other visitors often includes the phrase: “Don’t worry, I feel the same way too!”
I also read self-help books and try various methods mentioned in them. After a few days, I give up and move on to something else. These self-help techniques don’t work for me and I find myself more miserable in the end. When I discuss all this with so-called Intellectuals, they tell me that YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER, BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE IT DRINK!
They say that drinking this water is the only way out because this water is for survival; this water is the measure of success; this water is the pride.
Every time they have told me something like this, I have thought of myself as a poor, incapable, overrated, non-serious punk horse who never makes any effort to be happy in life.
But something in me has started opposing this idea of me being a pessimistic soul. Whenever I force myself to be like others and try to drink the water, I hear a voice from within. This inner voice continuously asks one question: What if you don’t want to drink the water they want you to drink?