One of the many questions we as human beings ask more frequently than any other is Why me? In a life story or any story full of tragic occurrences, heartbreaks, and disasters we shake our fists at the unknowing sky for answers to Why? and Why me?
One of my favorite stories comes from the book "Divergent" by Veronica Roth.These questions are sifted, almost seasoned in this novel. The setting
is a community broken into five groups or factions who are given
aptitude tests to discover their particular strengths. They are then
given severe physical and emotional training to enter the elite of the
faction. Our heroine in this story is gifted in more than one of
these areas, but chooses to go through extreme physical trials that will
improve her natural gifts and allow her to be stronger and more
courageous. My favorite part of this scenario is the fact that The Author allows you to avoid even the suggestion of a need
to ask Why me? It is made completely clear why? Because you have the
capacity to excell in this arena.
If life is a series of
great emotional and physical trials with the potential to break or
brighten the abilities of those who live in it, then perhaps the
question we should be asking is Why not me?
Am I not
talented, strong,or resilient enough to handle a little flame? Am I not
capable of learning, inspiration, or excellence? If I sit on the
sidelines of life and watch others climb, crawl, and claw their way to a
higher plane, then what are my capabilities worth?
news is that each of us stand at the foot of a mountain. A mountain that
is dangerous and difficult. The climb will be treacherous no matter
whether it be, the alps the
Andes, or the Appalachians. It is not a
matter of perspective. Whatever your mountain is. don't be afraid to
climb it. Do not stand in the mountains shadow and shake your fist at
the monstrosity asking Why? or Why me?
Instead, push your hair back from your face, plant your feet firmly on the trail and ask; Why not me?