Kids have the greatest time—they live, explore, and learn with nary a worry other than whether or not they are going to be having pizza for dinner tonight. Of course, that’s pretty much short-lived. Quickly, too quickly it seems, we begin to age: our to-do lists begin to grow as our concepts of simplicity and innocence begin to shrink. In a way, it’s a good thing. The world is a complicated ball of interwoven cause and effect that often just makes things happen, as if by chance.
Over time, and because of a cultural obsession with it, we begin to pay close attention to our level of luck. We begin to compare our luck to that of others and almost shape our emotions around what we think our level of luck is. Now, savvy reader, you noticed that the word think has been underlined and bolded. That’s because our levels of luck really are shaped by our thoughts and our actions.
Last night, I was at my girlfriend’s having a deep conversation about life (I guess the Perigee moon was just so gosh darn inspirational). And one of the themes that came across my mind was how lucky I was—lucky for studying what I did where I did, lucky to be having an internship where I was, lucky to have friends and family as I did, lucky to have her—without missing a beat, she shed light on it. It was my perception of luck and of how lucky I was that determined that feeling. There are many things that are wrong in my life, but many more that are going right.
So, ultimately, the choice is yours. This goes beyond just ignoring the bad and focusing on the good; this is a conscious decision to become aware of your actions and thoughts. To take those actions and thoughts and then begin to take an active role in shaping them in such a way that you set yourself up for success is key. You can’t directly control your fate any more than a pilot of a Boeing can directly control the plane. But by changing the angle of his ailerons, rudder, and elevators, a pilot can make a plane fly for hours on end in complete safety: navigating around or through violent storm cells and still delivering his passengers safely to the exotic lands of Milwaukee. In life, you can control many different factors that determine your luck and your fate. Acknowledge your state of being and begin to nudge life along.
You’ll be amazed at what happens.