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"The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will."

Montaigne

"Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Cada ser humano é quem constrói a sua própria vida. Independe de quantos anos vividos, mas sim do valor que você atribui a eles. Independe das influências alheias, pois é o indíviduo que define qual é o peso dessa contribuição na formação da sua jornada. O caminho da vida, mesmo com erros e acertos, é traçado pelos nossos passos, principalmente. Cabe a nós decidirmos como queremos lidar com nossas vidas, qual é o rumo que queremos seguir e o que se tem como grande propósito para se viver. Para mim - e, para muitas pessoas, o clichê - é a felicidade. Isso possui um significado muito vasto e cada um aplica da maneira que lhe convém, que ao meu ver consiste em realizações, aspirações e paixões.

E a partir daí, podemos determinar qual é a melhor maneira de se viver.

As To Living in the Best Way

"As to living in the best way, this power is in the soul, if it be indifferent to things which are indifferent. And it will be indifferent, if it looks on each of these things separately and all together, and if it remembers that not one of them produces in us an opinion about itself, nor comes to us; but these things remain immovable, and it is we ourselves who produce the judgments about them, and, as we may say, write them in ourselves, it being in our power not to write them, and it being in our power, if per chance these judgments have imperceptibly got admission to our minds, to wipe them out; and if we remember also that such attention will only be for a short time, and then life will be at an end. Besides, what trouble is there at all in doing this? For if these things are according to nature, rejoice in them and they will be easy to thee: but if contrary to nature, seek what is conformable to thy own nature, and strive towards this, even if it bring no reputation; for every man is allowed to seek his own good."

Marcus Aurelius, in 'Meditations'

A vida de um indíviduo é pertinente ao mesmo e apenas a ele, independe de quais são as concepções do que sua vida deveria ser. Como o texto diz, cada um deve buscar o seu próprio bem, a princípio. A essência do bem estar é uma combinação de fatores entre o corpo e mente, é um equilíbrio:
Full Life is a Correct Combination of Instinct, Mind and Spirit

"Instinct, mind and spirit are all essential to a full life; each has its own excellence and its own corruption. Each can attain a spurituous excellence at the expense of the others; each has a tendency to encroach upon the others; but in the life which is to be sought all three will be developed in coordination, and intimately blended in a single harmonious whole."

Bertrand Russell, in 'Principles of Social Reconstrution'

Mas o viver vai muito além do que apenas procurar o próprio bem. É muito mais pleno do que isso. É conseguir compartilhar e espalhar o seu bem-estar, e aí, encantar a sua vida e a de muitos outros. O mundo seria muito mais agradável assim ;)

Entretanto, o nosso mundo insiste em nos encher de inquietações, receios, preocupações e ansiedades. Para uma vida de qualidade, precisamos nos despreender da maioria não relevante desses empecilhos e viver a nossa realidade melhor maneira possível, construindo um feliz presente e assim, o futuro virá tranquilamente, de forma natural e estável - ainda misterioso, mas consciente de que em suas incertezas não se precisa repousar tanta preocupação.
Live the Present

"Another important element in the wise conduct of life is to preserve a proper proportion between our thought for the present and our thought for the future; in order not to spoil the one by paying over-great attention to the other. Many live too long in the present - frivolous people, I mean; others, too much in the future, ever anxious and full of care. It is seldom that a man holds the right balance between the two extremes. Those who strive and hope and live only in the future, always looking ahead and impatiently anticipating what is coming, as something which will make them happy when they get it, are, in spite of their very clever airs, exactly like those donkeys one sees in Italy, whose pace may be hurried by fixing a stick on their heads with a wisp of hay at the end of it; this is always just in front of them, and they keep on trying to get it. Such people are in a constant state of illusion as to their whole existence; they go on living ad interim, until at last they die.

Instead, therefore, of always thinking about our plans and anxiously looking to the future, or of giving ourselves up to regret for the past, we should never forget that the present is the only reality, the only certainty; that the future almost always turns out contrary to our expectations; that the past, too, was very different from what we suppose it to have been. But the past and the future are, on the whole, of less consequence than we think. Distance, which makes objects look small to the outward eye, makes them look big to the eye of thought. The present alone is true and actual; it is the only time which possesses full reality, and our existence lies in it exclusively. Therefore we should always be glad of it, and give it the welcome it deserves, and enjoy every hour that is bearable by its freedom from pain and annoyance with a full consciousness of its value. We shall hardly be able to do this if we make a wry face over the failure of our hopes in the past or over our anxiety for the future. It is the height of folly to refuse the present hour of happiness, or wantonly to spoil it by vexation at by-gones or uneasiness about what is to come."

Arthur Schopenhauer, in 'Aphorisms for the Wisdom of Life'

E, para finalizar, a frase que considero tão sábia para contrapor a excessiva racionalidade que tentamos aplicar em nossas vidas:
"Everyday I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well."

Mary Cholmondeley