“Things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
Pi – in The Life of Pi
This passage in chapter 35 of this book is one of the most hilarious understatements I’ve read. If you haven’t read the book, I won’t spoil the story for you. Let me just say that things definitely did not turn out the way he expected them to.
This passage also summarizes Pi’s outlook and why he is able to survive so well. Hmmm, he not only survives, but actually thrives. He does this even while encountering dangers & hardships, and manages to keep to a strong ethical balance throughout the experiences.
Taking things as they come at you is about acceptance. It means no time wasted bemoaning your fate, no energy lost in blame, and little strife.
Making the best of it is what Pi is about – just moving forward.