You’ll Find a Way

By Brandon | World Domination

Feb 14

You'll Find a Way

As I sat down on the cold bench waiting for my bus, I had that uncomfortable feeling that someone was staring at me.

And I wasn’t wrong.

There was an elderly man, a shade over 5 feet tall, dressed in a shaggy coat who plopped himself down next to me, babbling something that I couldn’t understand.

His scruffy white hair clearly hadn’t been washed in some time, and he kept spitting on the floor every 20 seconds or so.

I pretended to stare ahead and continued listening to what was playing on my headphones, as if nothing about this situation was strange.

After a few minutes of babbling, he stood up abruptly, quickly walked over to a cigarette disposal container and flipped the lid open.

Fuddling around for a bit, his eyes lit up as he whipped out a partially smoked cigarette from the bottom of the bin.

With his hands shaking, he pulled out a lighter from inside his jacket pocket, lit the sad excuse for a cigarette and sat back down next to me with a sigh of relief.

After a few long drags, he started coughing uncontrollably until the rest of the cigarette was gone and he threw it on the floor.

As I sat down on the cold bench waiting for my bus, I had that uncomfortable feeling that someone was staring at me.

If you want something bad enough, you will find a way.

Once something becomes ingrained into your everyday functions so deeply, your mind won’t stop until you acquire it.

For the man that sat next to me at the bus stop, his burning desire was to smoke a cigarette.

He most likely didn’t have the means to go and purchase a pack from the store, so he thought out of the box and searched for other ways by which he could attain his goal.

He wanted something so badly that he was willing to do what was necessary to achieve it.

“Great” you may be thinking.

“Who cares if he found a cigarette in a cigarette disposal bin. I could do the same thing if I wanted to.”

But is that true?

What do you want so badly that you are willing to dig through trash cans for?

What are you pursuing that motivates you so much that you don’t even care what other people think about you if you have to do crazy things to achieve it?

For some reason, we create a dichotomy between positive and negative things in our mind.

Negative things are easy to achieve.

Positive things are harder to achieve.

But in reality, your brain can’t tell the difference between negative and positive.

It’s just doing what you tell it to do.

We know that smoking stimulates many aspects of the body, rewarding it with rushes of dopamine and feelings of relaxation and calmness.

Similarly, we know that exercise rewards the brain with dopamine, serotonin and other endorphins that promote health and happiness in our lives.

We understand that good habits lead to more fulfilling lives, and that bad habits lead to frustration and anger.

Programming yourself to achieve your goals instead of falling to the trap of lack of purpose isn’t easy.

It isn’t supposed to be.

But it is attainable.

We just have to train ourselves to find a way.