Reincarnation is the way of all life forms.
If you're a Bible-humper and disagree with me, please read and take notes.
Do not think this is your one and only life. YOLO is false, and something I like to call, "Kardashian," meaning incorrect and detrimental to all life in the cosmos.
Alcoholics Anonymous is Kardashian. At least, now it is. It served a great amount of good back in its day, but it hasn't changed or evolved in any way, shape, or form.
This goes against nature, in that everything is impermanent. The only constant is change. And according to the cult that has become AA, and all its affiliates, "Once an addict, always an addict.
What the fuck kind of sick shit is that? How is that going to help anyone? "Oh, so you're a heroin addict?
Well, you'd better get used to it, HahahahA!" (With the stigma, due to misunderstood and uninformed people who know dick about addiction, you can make a very valid argument. But it won't last.)
Impermanence, the fact that everything from this earth is prone to change.
Meaning: everything changes, nothing is permanent; except for change, itself.
Change is the only constant in this world .
Just like seasons, life and people change.
If we're all waves, constantly reshaping ourselves into more experienced people, then change is the everlasting ocean that we live in.
Through my journey, I've grown and learned new things about myself and my world. And I will continue to grow.
My life, as well as everyone else's, is a story.
Faulkner once said, that 'Life is like a book. There are good chapters and bad chapters. But when you get to a bad chapter, you don't stop reading the book.
If you do, you will never know what happens next."
The man knew what he was talking about.
I have learned, I can't run away from my problems. If I mask my problems with drugs for the rest of my life, my earlier problems will still be there.
They won't ever go away. I've learned the only thing I can do is to be strong and courageous.
I have to fill myself with the strength to fight the battle life has drawn for me. Because if I don't, my life would not get any better; it would get much worse.
And I would have to relive all of this shit in my next lifetime because I didn't learn these lessons.
I remind myself that nobody is perfect. no one person struts around, flawless.
I mean... What is perfect anyway? A Barbie or Ken doll? Who appointed them perfect, Toys R Us?
Life itself isn't perfect either. Nothing is.
I always try to look at the brighter side of life when I'm at a dark point. Easier said than done.
But I believe life itself is a blessing and try to remind myself of this every minute in those dark shitty times.
However, every dark point I experience changes me for the better.
Every person I have met, and will meet, has and will have an effect on me and I accept that.
I figure, if I am mindful of my empathy, or sensitivity, I won't let them affect me.
If they rub me the wrong way, then there lies a lesson I need to learn in order to grow.
To actually live my life, and not just exist in it.
To live the life I want to live because... I do NOT want to have to interact with any more sociopathic (reptilian) dickheads in my next lifetime.
The Lotus flower grows in muddy waters, with the environment giving forth the flower's first and most literal meaning, from Wikipedia: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.
The second meaning, which is related to the first, is purification, resembling the purification of the spirit which is born into murkiness.
The third meaning refers to authenticity. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be true to themselves—leaders, not followers.
Become the Lotus.