Our existence is based on our own sense of will. DNA is merely a blueprint of life, a series of binary instructions for functions to assemble whatever needs assembling. But it is the will of life that builds the cells, forms the tissue, grows the body. At its most basic form, we call it instinct
Life requires the will to not just survive, but to thrive. It is why birth is so traumatic. Life has to be spurred to live. We must struggle to take our first gasp, instinct teaches us quickly how to breathe, even though we have never used our lungs before. The chick must fight to hatch through the egg, or die trying. If the mother tries to help the baby by doing the work, the chick either dies, or is severely weakened. The caterpillar must claw its way out its own cocoon a butterfly, or sleep forever in its own coffin.
Make no mistake. It is the struggle that makes us. We are never more alive than when we must fight to live. We either grow, or we die. Amazing things happen during the struggle. We discover just how strong we are. Just how much more we are. Life will make miracles out of the mundane. Fish and even snakes have evolved to actually fly great distances, without birdlike wings. Somewhere in their existence, the privilege of being normal was lost to the desperate desire to continue living. Even man has learned to fly, to swim, to adapt and thrive beyond what we once considered normal.
Willpower makes the impossible achievable. Star Trek was pure fantasy until we saw Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. The human potential, our evolution, can be felt, every time the next great athlete breaks a world record. Fantastic things can happen when you’re not distracted by known limits.
Don’t ever accept normal as the best you can be. It is only the foothold to what will make you great.