Tuesday, November 14, 2006

It's Your Life!

I think the one thing that we must realize in life is that we are in charge of our own lives.

No one can tell us what to do.

A lot of people tell us what they want us to do. No matter how moral (teachers, parents) or amoral (bosses, advertisers, marketers, salesmen) or immoral (tricksters, conmen, drug pushers).

But ultimately, we are the only ones who decide what we should do.

The next step of maturity is to realize that we are the ultimate deciders of our actions. As Friedrich Nietzsche noted, "Man is condemned to be free."

We cannot abdicate the throne of our lives.

One interesting thing I finally understand from my experience teaching is that the students in the "naughty class" of schools have realized this. They realize this amazing secret: "No one can tell me what to do."

We can choose to receive advice, we can choose to consult manuals, guidebooks, consult ouija boards, pray to God or gods, but in the end, the decision is ours to make and we are to taste the fruit of it.

But instead of being negative like Nietszche, the gift of freewill is wonderful. Because we are then free to become what God intended us to be. We are not to be molded into what others want us to be, but what God intended us to be, into a unique one-of-a-kind person.

The only one who can be you in the whole history of the universe is you.

That is why I like Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." The song isn't a song of rebellion, but a celebration of uniqueness of our lives.

Lyrics in extended entry.

It's My Life - Jon Bon Jovi
This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
A silent prayer for the faith-departed
I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud
This is for the ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina who never backed down
Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake
Luck ain't even lucky
Got to make your own breaks
Better stand tall when they're calling you out
Don't bend, don't break, baby, don't back down
It's my life
And it's now or never
['Cause] I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
Last time: 'Cause it's my life!

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