“We are what we are because we have been what we have been.”
– Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud is widely regarded as the father of modern abnormal psychology. While going through some of his most notable work recently, I realized he was one blessed with a flexible mind. He did not make ridiculous assertions or accept hypothesi- not-based-on-thorough-synthesis. Rather, by a systematic and patient accumulation of data, – without preconceived bias – he observed trends a ‘thousand times’ till they began to tell him something. His extensive work in the area of dream psychology is of particular interest to me and should be also to one who has an open mind and isn’t plagued with a multitude of superstitious notions.
The purpose of the foregoing is merely to show a true to life example of one who was neither daunted by criticism of his contemporaries nor the ‘testimony of the prevailing circumstances’ in his time but chose to move forward at every turn wherever his investigations led him.
It is extremely easy to accept a prototypic and stereotypic way of thinking in this age. Afterall, there is reason to believe the world cannot bend itself to your command nor be made malleable by virtue of your exertions or actions.
Inaction has ruined many a youth as he has chosen to believe the report of the whispers of negative ill winds in all directions suggesting his personal inability or the unsuitability of his environment, or indeed the non-readiness of the world for his manifestation. Simply put, we allow ourselves be strangled by incessantly dwelling upon our past failures. We allow employers to dictate the path our lives take by their myopic determination of what we can or can’t do. We allow our lives be defined by laws and principles of life that might not have been put through proper experimental and experiential procedures.
You see, the onus lies on you to break free from the shackles that are holding you back from becoming the best you can be. We see that a huge chunk of the said shackles arise from what we have allowed ourselves to believe about ourselves and our environment. We constantly fail to change our living and working conditions because we have allowed mindsets build a castle over our heads.
Today, figure out the areas of your life in which you have become stagnant by virtue of believing too much in principles that do not suit your progress. Break some rules (in a positive sense), discard ‘norms’ that do not smile at your daring nature, allow your scientific self shine through, allow yourself to believe there could always be an anomaly to whatever the world has attached normalcy to that doesn’t bode well for your success. Release the adventure in you and create the paths you wish to tread instead of following ‘where the path leads.’
May the odds always be in your favor!