Luck. ”an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another”. I took this definition from a dictionary online. I think it explains the concept quite well. And also shows how unimportant the concept is to life.
I have been there too my friends. I have countless times bemoaned my bad luck. Bemoaned the fat that I was not born with musical talent. Bemoaned the fact that I did not have a job. Bemoaned that I did not have many friends.
Sure, unpredictablity and random chance had given me a bad deck from the beginning at the start of my life. I did not have it easy. I don’t think there are many out there who did have it easy.
And instead of doing something about it, I found that bemoaning myself as being a victim of society, of my bullies, of my parents, of life itself!… was quite comfortable. In a creepy way. It would, had I continued down that path, have had me wasted my life.
And that would have been my choice.
It would have been on me, if I had wasted my life away, feeling sorry about myself, that I didn’t have the best deck of cards to play in life with.
And that is why I say fuck luck. Luck is just that. Unpredictable. We cannot change it. We have no power over it. And thinking that it is the deciding factor in any would-be descision is to give up power.
To take into account luck when doing anything in life is to limit one-self. Only by focusing on what WE can do to change lives, to take into account OUR descisions can we achieve anything in life.
I could take up a few examples of highly sucessful people, and show how much WORK they put into their craft. To show how little luck meant for their lives. But I think that is missing the point. The point being that you cannot change luck. You can’t make yourself be born again with a good singing voice. You can’t make yourself born without a chronic.
BUT. What you can do, is find what you want to do with your life, and just get to work. Because that we have power over. We have power over where we choose to spend our precious grains of sand from the hourglass that is our life. Do you want to become rich? Then start making money! Don’t know how to make money? Find someone who is rich and ask them how they did it!
For me, and I think for you too, it is important to understand, that this blade swings both ways. If you put time and effort into swimming, you will end up becoming good at swimming. And if you put time and effort into bemoaning your life, and the fact that you are a victim of circumstance and bad luck… Well, that is exactly what you will end up being good at.
For me, that is enough encouragment to stop that behaviour on my part. I will not spend my one life becoming an expert victim. A professional moaner. I have to high ambitions for that, to much to offer to the world, and to myself.
I ask you now, can you look into the mirror and say, with a straightface: ”I have power over my own life, and I will use that power to become a victim of random chance”.
Can you do that? Great, it is your choice to life your life the way you see fit.
If you can’t be honest about that choice, then maybe it is time to make a change.
Seize the luck of you being born, by telling luck to go fuck itself. Because you are the maker of your own destiny.
Thanks for reading!