Life is like a box of chocolates…No, wait. Life is like a roller coaster…No, still not right. Life is like being airlifted to the middle of the Himalayas and unceremoniously dumped with nothing but some all-weather gear and a small survival pack with instructions in Mandarin. Yeah, that’s more like it.
Although you have what you need to survive, the information isn’t revealed to you without some effort. And what you do with that knowledge is entirely up to you. Some people simply decide it’s too difficult and give up. Some people find a nice cave in the valley and spend their time making themselves and their descendants as comfortable as possible. Some people start climbing.
Once the climbers reach the summit, they are faced with yet another decision – complete their journey at the zenith of their mountain and enjoy the view their achievement has provided or start climbing the next taller mountain and strive to gain an even higher peak. And in this manner, each person and every living thing contributes to the Universe, in one way or another, through actions, thoughts and simple existence and eventually returns to the ether from which everything originated. We are, after all, comprised of the same basic building block as the stars.
If each contribution to the whole is equally valid, what will yours be? Do you give up and serve as an object lesson for the cave dwellers and the climbers or do you start looking for Everest? Personally, I’m thinking the view must be awesome from Mars.