"O God!! Why did you give me such a life??!!" This is the spontaneous thought that flits through my mind whenever I'm faced with a seemingly major, but actually, minor trouble. It's really quite sinful of me to think along such lines, but believe me, they come in without warning.

As a child, I've always had whatever I've ever wanted, and have been rather happy. So then, why does this yearning for a more carefree life now exist in a tiny part of me? Why is that I couldn't bear with that feeling of slight discomfort? That's my point. It's what you'd call a typical 'human' feeling. We humans have this annoying habit of always asking more and more out of life, until finally one fine day, life gets all tired and says, 'Dude, that's all I can ever give you,' and then, as a result when a problem pops up, we wallow in self-pity. Now that's what which is thoroughly unacceptable. Crises are part of life. We cannot assume everything to be handed out to us in a platter, complete with forks and knives. Sometimes we've got to fight, and with grit.

So while I'm here, trying my best to sound like an adept writer, there's this notion developing in the back of my mind that, at the end of the day its all about whether you can deal with all those arduous trials that life has for you out there. Whether you are ready to face the consequences of your today's actions tomorrow. Whether you are courageous enough to take on things right on the face. Sounds very monotonous and philosophical I know, but that's essentially the plain truth. How often do people run away from their lives? Committing suicide is an easy way to exit, but that is pure cowardice, in my opinion. Of course that's easier said than done. But there's no point in living if life was as smooth a frictionless road, or I guess, you can say, the American road. Life is like Indian roads, full of bumps and humps and potholes et cetera. Positive attitude. That's the key to a blissful existence. We don't get what we like; we sit out there and skulk. Sounds childish right? So let's chuck out that immature feeling of disappointment. Be optimistic.

"The secret of life is not to do what one likes, but to try to like that which one has to do." Same old same old? Yes, we all have often heard about this one phrase, but I can bet you, very few people have adapted this idea in their days. Some famous person, whose name I cannot remember right now, cited this quote but these words were firmly imprinted in my mind once I read them and that is what helped me accept life, plus all its complications, as it comes. God gave us this wondrous being as a mound of modeling clay. It's our responsibility to turn it into a beautiful figure - even if our hands get dirty in the process. We can't expect God to glow our path with radiance if we throw His gift away heedlessly just because we want to keep our hands clean.

Our Maker just loves surprises. Wrapped gifts. So the catch here is that, in reality, He gives us what we want. Only not in the manner we imagine. He expects us to find it. Hence never lose hope; it's the only way to survive.

It takes life to love Life. An excellent quote, I think, told by Edgar Lee Masters. These six words convey as much meaning as a 300-word essay.

So the ultimate expression is, 'When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life such that, when you are in your deathbed, you are the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.'

After all, it's your life, it's up to you whether to live respectably or just screw it up.

There are two things to aim in life; first, to get want you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind can achieve the second.

- Logan Pearsall Smith

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