The Thing About Luck

Luck is probably one of the most commonly used words when people talk about success or failure. Some people try to be modest by attributing part of their success to luck, while there are the ones who downplay any role that luck played in their victories. Many blame their failures and defeats on bad luck or even the lack of luck.

Have you ever wondered that our mere existence on this planet is simply the greatest stroke of luck in our life? We probably don’t need any more ‘luck’. Give this a thought (in my words) –

Our planet was born about 4.5 billion years ago from a giant cloud of two very elemental things – dust and gas. Our planet has gone through innumerable explosive chemical reactions, fiery storms, extreme temperature highs, massive strikes from celestial bodies, many ice ages, and a presence of uninhabitable conditions for most of it’s life span. An earth worth living finally emerged a billion or so years later – and with it burgeoned very, very primitive life in the form of bacteria. Evolution from then on took center stage. Life evolved – from one form to the next – dividing, replicating, reproducing, and changing shapes, sizes, and behavior on the way. Complex life forms developed. Dinosaurs and other huge prehistoric animals inhabited the planet for hundreds of millions of years. Many life forms became extinct, including the dinosaurs after a cometary or asteroidal impact about 65 million years ago. The fact is, if it wasn’t for this one single event, we would probably not exist today – the conditions this created fostered our emergence. Do you see how much of a role luck has already played this far? In a relatively short period of time of a few million years, we evolved from primates, acquiring phenomenal physical traits, skills, the most powerful brain, and behavior on the way. Do you know that we share almost 98 % of our genes with the common chimpanzee? It could have easily not gone our way. But it did. ‘Luck’ ? Through the many bloody wars fought & epidemics that killed entire populations, our ancestors survived, and thrived. Out of the countless male/female permutations on the planet, our parents met each other. Finally that one potent, fast, and powerful sperm had to fight it’s way and fertilize that one egg, in a short, short span of time. Nine months later, luck guiding us all through, we finally arrived. I’m sure by now you realize the enormous amount of luck that was needed for our presence on this planet. Do we really need to find more luck?

To me, I’ve had all the luck I could and couldn’t ask for more. It’s really just what I do with this luck I’ve been gifted with from this point on.

There’s no greater feat of luck than our survival itself.

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