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Life. What exactly is life and what does it mean? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary life is, “The quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body.” If that’s what life is then why does everyone make such a big deal out of it? Why does being alive, having a life, suck so much? We hear people say stuff like, “I’d rather be dead” than do this or be that. Does that mean being dead is better? It must if life sucks right? Ok so according to this premises, I would guess that about 95% of the world population would prefer to be dead (because life sucks, remember). If that’s the case then why is everyone so afraid of death? Why did people prefer to kill themselves and their families as a random man advertised the idea that according to his calculations  “the end of the world” will be on May 21, 2011? Shouldn’t they be happy? Rejoice the fact that their sufferings will soon come to an end? Why would they prefer to end their lives at the very thought of their possible death? They must be scared out of their minds. They must want to live so badly that they couldn’t bear the thought of having it end. Just the very idea of being dead, no longer alive, not having a life, was too much to handle that they lost their sanity and finished themselves before they could really be finished. So if we don’t want to be alive and we don’t want to be dead then what do we want? What is it that a human being wants? He doesn’t know what he wants. It’s the fact that he doesn’t know what he wants that life sucks. We think we know what we want, when we don’t get it we find a reason to hate on everything we have been blessed with. When we do get what we wanted, there is always something else that we wanted as well that we didn’t get which leads to another source of unhappiness. Because we are unhappy we want to die. But when we are about to die, we all of the sudden want to live. I guess what I’m trying to say is that no matter what we do, what we have, we will never be happy because our greatest enemy is us ourselves. Life is what you make of it. There is no truth, no reality, only our perceptions. Our perceptions of ourselves, our lives, other people, and our surroundings make each of us feel a certain way towards things. We blame the society, culture and mostly religion and God for our sources of unhappiness whereas, the source of our unhappiness is us ourselves. In short: Life is what you want it to be. So stop complaining and ride the waves as they come. Don’t fight them but let them take you away and handle them to the best of your abilities. Sure you’ll crash hundreds of times, but true surfers never give up; they keep praying for a bigger wave so they can prove to themselves and the world they can take on whatever comes their way. That’s what makes them better than great. Their perseverance, love for the game, and drive to succeed is all they need to make it though anything.  So ride your waves well. It’s like the great Afghan poet Rumi said, “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you ever be polished?”

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