When I read the above quote, I had to question if he was truly correct in that life isn't about expecting, hoping and wishing. Think about it. How much of your life has been spent in expecting things, hoping for things and wishing for things? I will admit to spending a lot of time hoping and wishing for things.
If you really think about it, you finally realize that what you expect, hope for or wish for will never happen if you don't start doing, being and becoming. It was when I realized that all the hope and wishing wasn't going to make my dreams come true that I started to plan for what I wanted to do when I had the time to do my dreams. It's that old adage, God helps those who help themselves. That means you have to get out there and do what you need to make those dreams come true.
If you sit back and expect things to come to you without earning them, then think again. There is nothing in life which is free. Nothing. Whatever you get, someone had to work for it, be it you or the person who gave it to you. There is a price for everything in life. Welfare...you have to give them your life's story and then follow their rules. Money...someone had to work for it at some point in time. Things...someone paid for it. Even if you steal it, there is a price for it. You may not have paid it yet, but you will eventually.
Remember, what you will have in the future is determined by the choices you make today, the ones you made yesterday and the ones you will make in the future. If you choose to quit school and do nothing, then don't expect a lot out of life other than hardship. If you are a great entrepreneur, then you can make a good living, but you still need to learn business and how to keep what you earn while making more. It's all about working and earning what you have while learning. Like I said before, nothing in life is free.
Life is what you make it. Sometimes it's harder than you want it to be, but if you keep plugging away, you can make it to where you want to be. It's all about the drive to move ahead and be better than your parents. Today, I'm seeing a lot of young people who don't understand they aren't going to be children forever and will need to make a life of their own. They are content to do nothing and skate though life thinking they can hit it rich in someway. When life comes up and slaps them upside the head, like other's I've known, they'll suddenly realize how they wasted their time by not learning what they needed to know to get a decent job, let alone keep it.
Having worked from the time I was 16, I learned how hard it is to earn a few dollars. With over the sixty years of working, I went from minimum wage to the $35-45 and hour range. I had to go back to school to get there and work a lot of years, but I did make it into the six figure bracket for several years. It's when I was earning the most that I realized I needed to start living my dreams. I started traveling and made plans for the trip I took.
When I retired, I spent the first year and half traveling around the USA. For the first time in my life I was doing what I wanted to do, not what everyone expected me to do. I began to write two years before I retired and continued while riding and traveling. I now have two books published and a third and forth almost ready. Life is about doing, being and becoming. You need to live in the moment and be the best you can while living your life to the fullest. That doesn't mean to do like I did, but you can make life the best it can be by what you say, do and treat yourself and others. It's about your choices in how to live your life. Don't wait like I did until you are fifty to start living some of your dreams. Live a few while you are young. It actually the little things which make life memorable, so start small and enjoy that cookout with the kids, the trip to the park or the lake. Go bike riding with the family and see things from outside of a car. Go for a hike. Read book with your family. Play a game. Make life fun. If no one wants to join you, then make your life fun by doing it on your own. It's all about your perception of fun.
B.A Mealer is an author and a traveler. This is a person who refuses to grow up and get old.