"Many people think that the point in life is to solve their problems and be happy. But happiness is usually a fleeting sensation, and you never get rid of problems. Your purpose in life may be to become more who you are and more engaged with the people and the life around you, to really live your life. That may sound obvious, yet many people spend their time avoiding life. They are afraid to let it flow through them, and so their vitality gets channeled into ambitions, addictions, and preoccupations that don’t give them anything worth having. A dark night may appear, paradoxically, as a way to return to living. It pares life down to its essentials and helps you get a new start.”
a quote from Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals by Thomas Moore.
I really like how he calls them life's ordeals. Ordeals, yeah that's a good word for them.
swimming champion, Diana Nyad taught me today:
"It wasn't so much what did I want to do, it was who I want to be."
"Am I living the life that I can admire?"
"and never giving up, and finding a way through your obstacles, and finding your grit and your will."