Invictus

This is a completely random post but I need a place to write down my thoughts.

This week I have read and heard of many people who are going through tough times. Some I know, some I don’t know, but all the same these things got me to thinking. We all face trials in life, some much greater than others but we all face them. And it seems that there are some people who get beat by life, the burden is to great and they just can’t seem to find joy or peace any more. There are the others though, the kind that can’t be beaten, even when they face what seems like insurmountable challenges. How? How do these people find the courage to keep fighting, to find the sun even when their life seems to be an endless hurricane?

While pondering these questions I remembered the poem “Invictus”.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley
The title “Invictus” is Latin for “unconquered”.  And I think that is what sets those people who triumph over their trials apart. They understand that it is they who control their happiness, they cannot control what troubles that will befall them but they can dictate how they handle those troubles. They refuse to allow the burdens of life conquer their spirit.
I am young and to this point my trials have been few, but should I face great struggles in the future, I hope I can have the strength to overcome those burdens and remember that I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul.

 

 

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