No, I have not read the Ayn Rand books. My only knowledge comes from watching the third movie in the series, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? which I enjoyed… (The first two would not captivate my interest). My teenage son tells me this third movie was very different from the first two. And perhaps I didn’t actually receive the message because I only paid attention to part of the story or maybe I didn’t even understand the part I did see.* I don’t know, however, three books, three movies and a full-blown movement later I just want to leave these words with you, the final speech of John Galt, because these words are, in my opinion, worth remembering and trying to keep ahold of, especially in these days we find ourselves living in, here, in America…
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice your sense of life to an enemy that would claim your precious mind… Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserve but have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
– John Galt
I believe in helping others and sharing with others and being kind to others, it has its own reward. It is, of course, important that we also remember to do things for ourselves. Oftentimes, as women at least, we give everything away before thinking of our own needs, sacrificing them for the sake of others. This leads to exhaustion, depression and illness… it is not good. We must not lose ourselves while we are doing for others. We all deserve to have our dreams come true… each and every single one of us. Don’t feel you have to be a certain way because you are obedient to societal and peer pressures. Be true to yourself and happiness will find you, reward will find you. That is, I think, perhaps the secret to success.
Ya’ll know I am on a mission to rediscover myself, rebuild and re-sculpt, becoming the person I want to be, living a life worthy of the word. I might take some wrong turns through this journey, but I’m sure I’ll make a lot of correct turns too… and that is why you’re following my journey, right? To see where I end up… you’re the looky-loos beside the rail line of my life watching to see if I turn into a train wreck or stay on the rails? LOL. It’s okay, it means I’m not alone, whatever happens, so thank you!
But please, don’t just follow me, join me: Be the author of your own Choose Your Own Adventure book. Seek out your best self and find the elusive life you dream of having because “the world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, and it [can be] yours!”
I mean, if we are clay in the potter’s hands then we can be re-fashioned, re-worked and re-fired. We see this in children all the time. Why must we believe that as adults we cannot adapt and become someone new? Think of the little girl who had a hemispherectomy2… she literally, not figuratively but literally has half a brain and lives a full and complete life! Why can’t we with much less complications than that be able to recreate ourselves and learn to live? The answer is: WE CAN!
2Cameron Mott video via the Today Show is the 4th video down on my blog post entitled I Love Blogging!
*I was multi-tasking, working on the computer as I watched the movie so it would not surprise me if I missed key messages or points. But this is my valuable takeaway nonetheless!