Our world and our reality is the result of the choices we make. It might not always seem that way but each day we are given the gift of choice. We can choose what to do, where to go, who to spend time with and who to love. The "obligations of life" are things that we choose, either directly or through many other events, crossroads and junctures. Most of us didn't wake up one day with a sealed envelope debriefing us on our life and the debts we must pay. We awake on path, fluid and dynamic, our future taking shape with each step forward.
Our state of mind and our state of being is something that we control and choose. In good times and in bad we can put ourselves in a positive state of mind and take on the world.
We all have friends or at least know someone that always finds a way to be miserable. No matter what happens, no matter how much good fortune comes their way, they find something to complain about. They find a way to be miserable. Don't be that person! There is also the friend that is constantly in a profoundly good mood. Suspiciously happy. If that level of positive thinking excites you and helps you live a better life, by all means do it! Know that there is a lot of middle ground for the rest of us to live inspired, and to live with motivation.
If you don't know what motivates you, explore. Explore your mind and the minds of others that came before you. Read, watch and listen to successful and inspired leaders. Their words and their actions reflect their view of the world. A view that can liberate when you feel the passion for life that all great leaders have. Their messages will be profound and moving, when you take the time to listen.
You are not alone in the human experience. Your hopes, dreams and deepest fears came before you and they'll be here long after your gone. Reading the words of a stranger that lived a century before you and yet described an emotion that you had but a moment ago, is captivating, terrifying and yet comforting. You are not alone in the human experience. Take that emotion and choose an inspired path, a path that is motivated with strength and understanding.
Today is your day and remember, you have the gift of choice.