Thursday, March 25, 2010

Building Your World

I'm visiting my hometown for spring break. It has been an interesting experience.

I have lived in three places in my lifetime. In each of the places, my life is different from those in either of the other places.

What startles me is how starkly different they are, even though they are all mine. I spend time with friends in one city who would not get along with my friends in another city. My priorities change depending on location. It's completely automatic - it's like my whole life rearranges itself when I relocate.

What's interesting, though, is that each of these lives was built with a series of conscious choices. In other words, I had enough control over my surroundings to build my own world.

A lot of people complain about the world that they live in. They look at what is outside of their control to see what is wrong. Maybe they are correct in their assessment that the world is causing them trouble.

However, I think that the same people often underestimate their ability to build their own world.