The very nature of life is that of struggle. From the moment we take our first breath until the day we take our last, our lives are locked in a series of constant and ongoing battles, battles against ourselves, the world and even each other.
Conflict is perhaps the most universal thing in life. Adversity and challenge are two concepts that everyone, from the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor can understand. Even though the nature of the battles and the way the world views them can change, we all know what it's like to struggle, to fight and to suffer for it.
We can't avoid this horrible twist of life, nor can we hope to conquer it since it waits for us equally at the top of every hill the same as it does in the darkest part of our valleys.
But the key to life is not to avoid struggle, nor is it to conquer it at every turn. Rather, it's to turn it around and make it into something positive, to turn the energy of our battles into something beautiful, something wonderful. That's a kind of success even the wealthiest of men can't imagine and it's the only way to temporarily abate the turmoil within.
Because the only alternative to letting the constant struggle of life wear you down until it buries you, both literally and figuratively, is to take that neverending flame and let it warm the world around you.
It may not make your own demons any easier to quell, it might not make your life any simpler, but it does make the world around you a better place and it does give your energy some place to go other than back into the constant erosion of the spirit.
If everyone did this, tried to exorcise their demons by turning them into something productive, even beautiful, the world would be a much easier place. If we all understood the nature of life and worked with it, not against it, then we could change it and create a world where everyone was able to struggle just a little bit less and lived a little bit more.
And that's why I'm here. Not because I beat my demons and left them behind, but because I continue to fight them and I want my struggle with them to be productive, to mean more than just another way to pass time between sleepless nights. I don't want to change the world, in the ultimate act of reversal and revenge, I want my demons to do it for me.
Because even though my struggle, like everyone else's, is never ending. That force, that unlimited kinetic energy, has been turned from the very thing that was killing me to the greatest power I ever knew.
And if I can make the world see that, then I will have done more than I ever could have imagined to change the world. I will have lived every dream I ever had and conquered every fear I ever held.
That's no small task, but the rewards are equally inspiring.