Veni, Vidi, Vici

What do I want from life? Knowledge, more than anything. While it’s true that there are other things I want, knowledge is what makes all that achievable. I can muster up the desire, the ambition, and the courage. If others can, then so can I. I don’t need fairness, as there is no such thing. Nature has never been fair.

I don’t need an easy path, either. There’s no value or victory in that. I want to win the ultimate fight against all odds. Just give me the knowledge I need and I will figure out the rest. And if it kills me one day, then so be it. I’ll die having reached the limits of my potential, rather than wallowing in the bitter sorrow of not knowing what could have been.

Why put so much effort into life? Because I’m grateful for the gifts I have, the skills I’ve learned, and for the head that sits on my shoulders. There’s no greater demonstration of ingratitude than to sit on such blessings for 80 years and not put them to use.

One day, I’ll be gone and I’ll find out what’s on the other side of the curtain. But until then, I will milk this thing for all it’s worth and try to leave this place just a little bit better than I found it.

As Julius Caesar once said, “Veni, vidi, vici.”

“I came, I saw, I conquered.”

M. Abbott

Mark Abbott


  1. Another nice and blessing post of you! You put here some very strong words and I can not agree with you more. We all are here just certain of the amount of time, so why not make it the best out of it? The best out of ourselves. Many people are leaving like they are going to be here forever and postponing their deepest desires and dreams for some time in the future, or how I use the term into the “Tomorrowland”. The life is here to be lived and we as well are not here to fulfill dreams of someone’s, yet out owns! Well-written! 

    • Absolutely, my friend. Unfortunately, we have limited time here on Earth and there’s no sense in wasting it, living out someone else’s dreams. Best of luck to you, Julius, and thanks for stopping by!


  2. I have tried many times to have this kind of head speak throughout my life, but it is not easy to maintain.  It takes work.  The quote from Julius Caesar is very good iteration of this kind of proactive type mindset.  Not to mention Julius Caesar himself. 

    I feel I can read this article again and again when I need to be reminded of how I should take on the challenge of living life the fullest! 

    Thanks for the reminder!

    • Glad you enjoyed it! And yes, it certainly does take work. Thanks for stopping by!


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