Just some more thoughts to continue the discussion on how you can’t cheat the universe. At some point, you realize there is more to life than momentary pleasure and indulgence. You realize these things can’t satiate you and look for more meaning in your existence. It’s not sexy to talk about it, but a lot of the time this means sacrifice.
It means giving up something you want now, for something you’ll really appreciate a lot more later. You begin to understand that if you want to accomplish something enduring, you make trades offs.
You can create a moment, or create a legacy.
Now don’t twist this to mean life is all about suffering, deprivation, and paying penance. It’s not. I remember visiting a Hindu temple in Fiji and watching people walking around it with railroad spikes impaled through their palms and barbed wire wrapped around their bleeding body. That didn’t strike me as particularly prosperous.
So let’s check that earlier statement. Sometimes you can create a moment or create a legacy. And sometimes you can do both. The secret is knowing when.