Everytime we look in the mirror, what do we see? Ourselves? Or who we want to be? If the answer is the second question we might be unsatisfied with our lives, but why? What is missing? Is it us or someone else?
It is important to have dreams but is far more necessary to be realistic. To accept who we are right here and now. And not what we want to be in the near future. What we have is here, if we waste our life about what is that we want or need, instead of focusing in what we have today, we will waste the only thing we can do.
Think of the tale the milk-lady:
Patty the Milkmaid was going to market carrying her milk in a Pail on her head. As she went along she began calculating what she would do with the money she would get for the milk. “I’ll buy some fowls from Farmer Brown,” said she, “and they will lay eggs each morning, which I will sell to the parson’s wife. With the money that I get from the sale of these eggs I’ll buy myself a new dimity frock and a chip hat; and when I go to market, won’t all the young men come up and speak to me! Polly Shaw will be that jealous; but I don’t care. I shall just look at her and toss my head like this”. As she spoke she tossed her head back, the Pail fell off it, and all the milk was spilt. So she had to go home and tell her mother what had occurred.”Ah, my child,” said the mother: “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched”
The Moral could be: “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched”. We may be always looking for the best option, but we need to be realistic, that doesn’t mean we conform ourselves, but to know where are and improve what needs to be better.
Plato’s philosophy tends that way, we see our perfection in our mind, what we want as a future project. That doesn’t mean is real, what is present is real imperfect as it seem but that’s the only thing we have. As Aristotle would say, the real world is the only thing we have.