You might also ask the question, why was the hardworking student "driven" in the first place? Remember, up to a point, your perception of the world is shaped by that of your parents or guardians. That is why as a teen, "naturally," you go through the "stage of rage" as I pointed out in Episode XIV, The Age of Rage. Nature has provided us with the capacity to "clear the slate" and seek our identity, seek our name. If you have been "influenced," to "be driven, by your caretakers, or allowed to "wander in self-discovery"; all such are now secondary to the physical changes taking place. Your physical brain is being rewired! That is why I maintain that teen life is one of wonder.
You are initially wrapped in a "cocoon"; the protection of those who looked after you. After a period of physical growth and mental development, you are now on a journey of self-discovery. You emerge as an "amazing colorful butterfly:" With your developing, new personality, you will be able to "reference" ideologies and norms of those who have cared for you, while at the same time "questioning" their validity. You will now seek your true identity and claim "your name."
I have listed "some" of my employable skills, not to demonstrate how enterprising or hard-working I am, to the contrary, but to demonstrate how foolish and misguided I was. I had allowed my "wants" to dominate my life at a high cost. Yes, I had achieved many of the comforts of life, and my wife and children had most of what they wanted, but I missed my family. I want to share with you my wisdom from this experience:
We must turn to our great philosophers Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, just to mention a few of the great thinkers, our "guideposts" to the Elysium Fields.
These brilliant thinkers studied and thought what would be a person's best or better path in life, which would lead to "Eudemonia." There is so much relevant material online, especially on YouTube about this subject; that I encourage you to have a look. In short, it means "balanced life," moderation. And this should be your guide, "balance." The ancient Chinese culture speaks much about balance.
I hope this Episode has addressed some of your concerns - be gentle, never forget, "You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars."
REPLACE ALL FEAR WITH UNDERSTANDING!
Here is another, how much is your worth?
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