“And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world.”



“And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Inertia is strangely powerful, able to hold people back from pursuing their dreams when nothing else seems to be in the way. The fear of uncertainty and a lack of confidence inevitably leave us stuck in the quagmire of our daily grinds, hoping for a better tomorrow but secretly knowing that it’s not getting any better. Sometimes the curse is not to have a bad life, but simply a mediocre or marginally satisfying one — people in awful situations try harder to escape, while those who are merely discontent may put off change indefinitely in favor of security. I think most people land here at some point in their lives and decide to stay, reluctant to change due to increasing commitments…or perhaps just inertia. Those who attempt change often do so only halfheartedly or tentatively, which almost guarantees failure and simply reinforces the negatively comforting force of inertia.

I don’t want to be stuck.

I’ve done my share of beating on, trying timidly to fight the current, but so far I haven’t been successful — so far, I’ve remained in Gatsby’s waters, longing to come to shore and partake of his “fresh, green breast of the new world.” What I need is to find my beacon, a goal towards which I can pour my entire being. I’ve spent enough time watching time pass, idling through life with no discernable purpose. Some people are content with this, but I am not. I have to find my purpose and fulfill it. How do I find my purpose?

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