There’s a difference between understanding and developing the foundation on which I choose to stand in life, my values, what I care about, and just accepting someone else’s foundation as ‘good enough’ for me.
Until you realize that by default you are standing on other’s foundations, you will not understand the shift in perspective that takes place when you create your own foundation.
By foundation I mean, the way you see the world, what you think is important, and therefore what your actions are.
For instance, death is as important to me as life. This is a part of my foundation and is different from the foundations of others.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with merely adopting the foundation of the people nearest you, but you’re in someone else’s boat, which some prefer. Most people don’t want to take responsibility for the good and bad of what it means to make their own decisions.
Building your own foundations offers a level of autonomy, as long as you accept the responsibility that comes with it, that allows you to see the world differently.
If you want to chase something in life that you truly believe in, then the first thing you should do is analyze your foundations and look at how much you agree with and how much you’ve been blindly following.