I feel like a lot of people are uncertain about their life, in terms of their purpose, dreams and mainly themselves . Hence, in this society, the message being implied is that – if you’re rich, beautiful, successful and fit in, then you will finally be happy. But we shouldn’t need a plan to reach happiness, and we shouldn’t feel the need to act a certain way just to be accepted.
So what do you think of when you hear Beyond Our Sky? You obviously may think of the sky, the colour blue, white clouds, and maybe even space. Yes, it does represent the elements of the sky, but it also represents how we should not limit ourselves and have the courage follow our dreams.
“What if Money Was No Object?”is a speech/lecture by the British philosopher Alan Watts, where he said:
“if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way”.
Happiness is a choice you have to make because in order to be happy, you must let yourself be happy. I’ve mentioned in another post that everyone is destined to do something amazing – but this doesn’t mean you’re going to wake up one morning and everything will be wonderful. It won’t happen immediately, as we need to remain realistic yet stay a little insane. So it takes time, patience and hard work to achieve your ambitions.
A lot of us question our dreams or what we want to do, and it’s perfectly okay to be confused or have no idea. We should still focus on the present instead of worrying to much about the future. In spite of all this, in order to know your dreams, you need to know yourself and that comes through being yourself.
With society becoming more judgemental, it can be hard to find yourself when you’re trying to be someone else. Like I said earlier, a lot of people are trying to conform to the latest trends, so they act a certain way and do things they wouldn’t normally do – just to fit in. But you’re not going to grow as a person if you’re not being who you truly are. If there is one thing you should do in your life, it is to be yourself – because yourself is absolutely phenomenal. It’s the best thing you can possibly be, and you will feel immense happiness by simply being you.
Acceptance of yourself is also a key part of being yourself. One of the things you need to accept is that it’s okay to be different, because imagine a world where everyone would do the same thing and look the same way. Differences make you who you are, similar to how flaws make you unique. So much so, the most perfect thing about the world is that it’s imperfect.
It might take you a long time to actually discover who you are and create yourself. I’m only 15 years old so I still have a long way to go. One thing I have learnt on my journey is that people change, whilst others change while the world changes. Growing up, I was an extremely shy girl and I still am in some senses, but the moment in which I developed to be the person I am today, is the moment where I started believing and being myself. Over the past few years I’ve tried new things such as cooking and painting, met new people and became more accepting – this led me to become more confident. You might surprise yourself when you take a risk, similar to how baking was an unexpected venture.
However, I’m still unsure of who am, where I belong and what makes me happy. But it is impossible to live a life full of happiness, because sometimes this feeling can come through developing from the negatives. I don’t know what the future holds for me; and I hope that I will be able to look back on my life and think that I lived life to the fullest, seized every moment and lived the best life I could possibly live.
Do not limit yourself, that’s the point of Beyond Our Sky – to reach and aim Beyond Our Sky. Dream big, be who you are, inspire others, appreciate the beautiful moments and live your own life. As such, Alan Watts once said,”You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave in the ocean. You are not a stranger here”.