“Life has to be lived forward, but it can only be understood backwards”
In one of the very first scenes of the 1994 Disney classic The Lion King, we see King Mufasa talking to his son, Simba.
“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance,” he says. “As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.”
“But, dad, don’t we eat the antelope?” Simba asks in confusion.
“Yes, Simba, but let me explain,” Mufasa begins. “When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.”
The Circle of Life, as a philosophical concept, means that we start at the end and end in the beginning. Our lives, from beginning to end resemble a complete full circle. No matter how big or small the circle is, it ends in the exact same way for everyone.
Hindsight is 20/20
MY foresight is cloudy, needs me to wear the spectacles of experience that I live through.
Life Could be better if we can erase the hurts.
So often you find people saying- “only if I could go back”.
The question to ask often is not what you could change by going into the past but what can you do with lessons that you learnt from the way you did things earlier.
Regret and denial are your enemies.
Acceptance and understanding are your friends here.
Mistakes, something bad, something out of your control will happen.
And that will you angry and you can curse and shout as much as you want but the crux is you got to accept and move on.
Learn the Lessons
What’s your takeaway from any situation?
Is it regret, excuses on why it didn’t work out or is it objectively looking at what you got wrong?
That will determine, if there is any need to go back and change things or just change the course by changing how you will deal with things in the future.
Investors of all ilk think of themselves as experts when the going is good and then regret.
Now we have a new breed that has read Benjamin Graham and talks about fundamentals when they have no means to check every single fundamental of a company.
When things don’t go their way there is regret, denial, calling the market a gambler’s den instead of understanding the limitations of their own capabilities.
“It’s never too late, or in my case, too early, to be whatever you want to be,” Benjamin says. “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
But then again it depends upon how you dealt with your experiences in the first place and how realistically you assess your own expertise.
Don’t undermine but don’t over-estimate either.
This might sound like a lot of philosophy and a lot of hard work but it is like learning to drive, once you have learnt, the skills become part of the subconscious.
Of-course the initial effort is there but then who said you will get anything easily in life.