It’s been said that life is a series of choices. Cause and effect, whatever choices we decide to make, any doors we decide to open, ultimately lends itself to having certain options available to us, while closing others.
Therefore, where we are now, whatever station of life that might happen to be, we are exactly where we are because it is exactly what we deserve. Past actions effect future outcomes. With that said, each and everyone of us has a choice. There is no blaming of others or circumstances, our current point in time is exactly where we decided to be based upon countless previous decisions.
The King & The Hero
So think of it like a journey. There is a beginning and an end. You are at the beginning. Now how would you like to go about on this journey? As the despotic king or the bumbling hero? Because we all have a choice. We can think of ourselves as great conquerors at the onset of the journey, or even more so, before the journey has even began and we will likely end up nowhere. This is the king of turd mountain approach, that is, they don’t have much to begin with, but nonetheless, still act as though they own the world. And at the end of the story? They don’t have much to show for, but they sure do have a whole lot of ego.
And what of on the other side of the spectrum?
The individual that is a fool in a land of strangers. Well like so many stories, this individual starts out flawed and sometimes utterly incompetent. But think of how much progress they make due to the fact that they are willing to put themselves out there, take the risks and not hide behind a faux veil of greatness:
And that, that makes all the difference.
Kingston S. Lim
September 3, 2021
Freetown, Sierra Leone
About Kingston’s Journey Series: Kingston’s Journey is a lifelong series. This is the travel journal I take with me. Whether you have questions such as how to change my life or how to travel the world, I think you’ll find value in the life lessons I’ve experienced and documented in this travel notebook. They may serve as travel inspiration for you. In Chinese, there is a saying, “讀萬卷書,不如行千里路.”
This means, instead of reading ten thousand books, why don’t you walk a thousand miles. This is my inspiration to travel every nation (or as many as possible) in my pursuit of my global MBA by learning as much as possible and recording these life lessons learned only by travel. In the end, I think the achievement of dreams, personal growth & aspirations out there through travel and adventure will lead to a more fulfilling life. Living and experiencing the “now” is how I’ll make my life a great memory in the future.