Apparently the beer isn’t the only thing that’s bitter around here

Overcoming survivor’s guilt

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Rand’s iconic protagonist asked the question:

What greater wealth is there than to own your life and spend it growing?

It’s a deeply empowering philosophy because it reminds us that we don’t have to apologize for growing. Even if we feel survivor’s guilt about those we’ve left behind, the harsh reality is, we can’t bring everyone with us on the journey.

Each man is responsible for their own evolution, learning his own lessons his own way in his own time.

And in fact, looking to people who have not gone on their own journey to support us when we start to grow is an exercise in futility.

Like that childhood friend you’ve been drifting apart from for years. Every time you go home for the holidays and meet up for your annual beer to rehash cherished memories from twenty years ago, he starts to passive aggressively make you feel guilty for growing up and moving on with your life and not taking him with you.

Apparently the beer isn’t the only thing that’s bitter around here.

Of course, the resentment your friend harbors isn’t a reflection, it’s a projection. It says more about his station in life than yours. And since it’s not your job to take responsibility for other people’s feelings, all you can do is be proud of the choices you’ve made and the things you’ve done and the person you’ve become.

Trusting that the other person will step into the uniqueness of their own journey when the time is best.

Remember, nobody can walk the path for you, nor can you walk the path for them.

Each man believes in the bright lights of freedom by his own accord.

Whenever you begin to experience the fullness that life has to offer, do you immediately feel as if you are betraying those who never had a chance?

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Scott Ginsberg
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