It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci
If you know about Leonardo da Vinci’s work, you probably know by now that he didn’t stop. Never. Da Vinci was a very singular person, incapable of just letting life being what it is without knowing why it is like that. He had to study everything, from the human body to aerodynamics, passing all the way through war machines, cryptography, observation of Nature and political relationships. He mastered painting, sculturing, engineering, scripture… He was THE master. And he even had time (I don’t really know how) to see and to listen to the world around him, how the people behaved and to philosophize about it. From this last task, we received that quote I wrote at the beginning of this post. He was 67 years old when he died, after living a quite comfortable life, being protected by several rich and influential families linked to the very top of the social stratums of Italy during the Reinassance era.
But, I have to say, his spirit was always, independently from his age and status, as young and curious as the pure mind of a child. Even though he saw (and was part of) the horrors of wartime, he maintained that curiosity that led him to all his marvelous discoveries. And was that idea that made him move forward during his whole time. That quote, which could talk about any person in the world, suits him peculiarly well. He never stopped himself from knowing (a.k.a. make things happen) because he thought no one was going to do it for him.
We should do as he did. Never stay back, never back away, not even pause your way to think about it. Think along your walk; think, reconsider, study your life and your work while you are moving, but never stop. Learn new things, get better, improve whatever you are now, but embrace this idea: no one is going to achieve your goals for you, no one is going to accomplish your plans, and what is more important, no one is going to change the world for you.
Of course, you don’t need spending your whole life creating (if you don’t want to). And you don’t need to start right at the beginning of your life. You don’t need to feel overcome with being at your “INSERT YOUR AGE HERE” and have only accomplished a few/none of your goals. Every person has its own tempo, and master Miyazaki has already told us about it.
Problems begin the moment we are born.We’re born with infinite possibilities,only to give up on one after another.
Hayao Miyazaki
We are born, indeed, with infinite possibilities. Miserably, depending on the country or culture we are born into, some of those possibilities can be wiped out easily. Even in that limited escenario, the rest of possibilities is still huge in comparison with those that we, consciously, choose to be the ones which will guide our life. Sometimes, I mean, sadly most of the times, humans choose to be normal, within the social guidelines that confine their tremendously wide range of possibilities. Being normal is playing safe. Not risking your social stability but, also, not having an enviable life.
Both, master da Vinci and master Miyazaki are known to be humanists, because they studied humanhood, and they tried to reflect it in their own work. They understood the human nature as part of themselves, of their world, of their past, present and, mainly, future. Doing so, their work is exceptional, unique and, in summary, a masterpiece, because it reflects our reality, our very inner core as a race.
What if you choose to be just like those geniuses? What if you use our lives to make a difference, to create something that could affect humanity? What if…we live?
Because, as master Miyazaki said, to choose our possibilities is to live. And, as he and master da Vinci did, they chose to create, to fulfil their lives with passion, to make a difference in our world. Because we all can do it. It is just a matter of time. Of listening to our own tempo and working on our own path. Being humans, in all its glory.
PS: Thanks a lot to Sofia for helping me, indirectly, quoting Miyazaki on her Facebook profile and for sharing those great ideas in form of conversations about this genius 🙂
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