Are you a pioneer?

Recently, I was reading a novel about a life of a person who started a journey to world peace. It contained examples and life stories of people living around the world, transforming their life.

Reading this book reminds me of those pioneers who took an extraordinary path.
Let me share an experience.
About a decade ago, I encountered a group of people who said that they don’t have dictionary translating English to their mother language. I was shocked because, even though I learnt English as a foreign language, I had access to dictionaries. Not just one but multiple versions. Well, it was beyond my expectation. Then, I realised that I took ‘accessing to dictionary’ for granted.

Similarly, because we have individuals who started something differently to what it used to be, choose to believe in themselves, those individuals opened the door and led the way to the new path. As someone who dreamed or wanted to reach a destination faster, we have locomotives. As someone who wanted to see the world beyond the horizon, we invented the ship and found the world.

While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realise ideals evokes images of spring, morning and birth.

Daisaku Ikeda

For me, anyone can be a pioneer in their own way, leading the way, living as an example of life. For those who might be following, those individuals can choose similar path; however, every path is unique to each individual.

I believe there were always someone who raised their concern about a particular perspective which led to the change of ‘common’ perspectives. For example, my grandparents had a perspective that being a girl, obtaining postgraduate qualification is not necessary. For example, my auntie had this particular believe about behaviour of girls in public. Until one day, a person decided to choose another path, creating a new path.

When I was younger, I simply believed whatever they said. I believed in what they have believed. As I grow up, I felt fear towards outside world that is beyond my imagination. I knew there is a world beyond what I can see but I was too afraid to move beyond my familiar world. I felt something was not right about the believe I had carried with me for all those years. However, I couldn’t put my finger on to it. I felt I am fault because I can’t see what’s out there.

One day, with help and support from others, I found enough courage within myself to take a step beyond my familiar world. It was just fearful. What if I couldn’t adapt to the new world? What if I couldn’t succeed? What if I fall down? What if… What if… I tried little by little disclosing myself to the new world. Bit by bit, I realised it is the same world.

Then, I realised, what I was fearing towards the new world was discovering unknown self within. All those ‘what if’ questions were now turned to myself. What if I didn’t like my new self? What if I gave up on myself? What if I couldn’t gather myself up again? Part of me was so afraid of change. What if that change wasn’t a good change? What if others didn’t like it?

When we change, the world changes.

The key to all change is in our inner transformation – a change of our hearts and minds.

This is human revolution.

We all have the power to change.

When we realise this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation

Daisaku Ikeda

Are you discovering new self?
Are you exploring yourself?
Are you a pioneer of your life?

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