By Eddy Montilla.
The other day, I heard a man saying this: “I wish I could be a famous and rich person, so that I could live a happy life without dealing with this job and my boss every single day!”
According to this person, there are people in our society who do not have problems and live happily all the time, which is something absolutely wrong. Take a close look at all people around you and you will notice that we all struggle with something, that we all have problems. In short, we all have to drag a cross. Whenever I think about this topic, it comes to my mind stories like the life of an American professional basketball player, an NBA superstar and one of the most celebrated players in the history of the sport. He is one of the most renowned and successful athletes that this era has seen. His ability is unparalleled and he is moving firmly to become a billionaire. But this player who people applaud when comes onto the court grew up without a father at his side. It is highly likely that the ghost that a father’s absence creates is still haunting him. This man, believe it or not, also has a cross on his back.
Actors, singers, presidents, writers, all those people that you see smiling on TV, when they are behind cameras where nobody can see them, and therefore, they can go back to their own reality, fight against stress, depression, family matters and many other things. Despite their fame, they cannot escape from their light or heavy cross nor can the student who has difficulties to pass an exam, the man who wanted to be a doctor, your neighbor nor yourself. Now that it’s clear that everybody has a cross on his or her back, the question is … what should I do with it?
To compare crosses will add more crosses to those we already have and, at the end, we look like a cemetery. I do not agree with the idea of “accepting your cross” as many people say because it tastes of resignation; it is like saying that there is nothing we can do. What we really have to accept is our reality. This is the key to deal with this situation. Do not accept your cross, but the fact that this cross will be present at your side, on your back or wherever, but always forever. Then, you can work every day to make your cross and the other’s lighter to carry. You will see that a day will come when you will not even notice it.
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