“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” (Groucho Marx). Can you imagine if it were as simple as that? If you had this much power and control over your life? The quote carries a lot of weight, given that it can be liberating yet frightening. Liberating because your happiness is not in other people’s hands or based on life’s curveballs. Frightening because you suddenly realize you had more power than you ever thought.
“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now” (Paulo Coelho). As I approach my 30th birthday and reflect over the past decade of my life, I deduce the biggest lesson I’ve learned this past year (which might have something to do with my fear of turning 30): It is possible to coast through life and not have control of anything that happens to you. You can become a passive bystander waiting on the sidelines. On the flip side, it is also possible to take an active role in your life and reach for the things you want. It is ultimately one’s choice. It is fitting that I learned this lesson this past year as I scrambled to squeeze in or at the very least start achieving more of my life goals into this decade before approaching a new era.