Nietzshe’s Quote and What it Means to Me

What did he mean about loving our fate

My friend, Jane, shared the following thought with me and I wanted to pass it on to you.

Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment — not discouragement — you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

~Joseph Campbell

This thought brought a different sort of comfort to me during my current situation. Even though I feel like I’ve been talking about challenges a lot lately, know that I’m merely venting not complaining. This is not about comparing my life with others because like I’ve said before, we are all on different paths.

Just like everyone else out there, I face different levels daily and seasonally. It’s called the land of the living for a reason, right? Some days my mental game is subpar and other times I literally feel like I could move mountains.

Lesson learned

We are here on this Earth to live to the best of our abilities. And one thing that keeps me going (my personal goal) is to live to my full potential. The thing that gets me out of bed or rather my greatest fear and motivator is…not living my full potential.

Some days I fall short (I try not to let it get me too down in the dumps). I don’t know what that fully entails, but I’m doing my best to figure it out. When I fall short in my own eyes, I dust myself off and I keep trying. One motto that has stayed with me from my running days is to get off my ass and keep on keepin’ on.


I turn the question over to you.

What does Nietzsche’s quote mean to you?

Do you have a motto you live by? (Mine changes from year to year and moment to moment.)


No matter where you find yourself today, remember to keep loving yourself and living your best life. Only you know how to navigate your way through life. Don’t allow others to live it for you.

Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.

~Joseph Campbell from Reflections on the Art of Living

*Originally published on Medium

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