In an online interview the other day, I was asked about my favorite quote. I used this quote in my book, “Pillars of Wellness.” It was said by Nietzsche “No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.” I like this quote because it is true and raw.
The concept here is that our lives are truly up to us. We can build whatever life we want. The idea that things are hard and we choose to make life what we want is inspiring. The idea that you build a life on purpose is one of those things that, once you think about it, makes complete sense but is something we are not really told.
You can take your life wherever you want it to go, but you have to do it; no one can do your life for you. It is an adventure. This is the same reason why setting goals are so important.
This is also the reason I always look for the why when trying to help someone set long-term goals.
This path you are on is your own and you have the ability to steer it where you want it to go. It may take time, but at the end of the day the path your life takes is of your making.
You can choose the path of least resistance and do things the way they are handed to you. By the same right, you can choose to build out of your time whatever you want. The thought that at the end of my time, the life I will have lived will have been of my own making, regardless of where or how it ends, lights a fire under me.
This is one of the reasons having a plan for your life is so important. However, this also means that you not only need a plan but also need several back up plans and options to “pivot” as things play out around you.
It is a lot of work, but the question remains… how do you want to cross this river of life?