The transition to adulthood feels so chaotic because, although freedom tastes thrilling at first, soon you realize that your happiness and position in the world rests squarely on your shoulders. Taking orders feels painful in the moment, but it provides purpose, which is why children need discipline. If they feel they can do anything without consequence, they essentially are coming to terms with adult realities way before they are ready, and the feeling leads to intense anxieties about the world at large. No standards for behavior equates to no purpose in a child’s mind. When adults face the same inevitable dilemma, their maturity level and understanding of the world helps soften the blow, but the feeling still overwhelms many people. Drugs, alcohol, and distractions help manage the chaos, but happiness is never achieved until the adult fully embraces the responsibility. Striving for greatness is the ONLY possible choice that makes sense; not greatness in everything necessarily, but greatness in something. Without the climb, your life has no purpose, you develop apathy, you become depressed, you feel like life isn’t worth living. Because it isn’t. Accept your power to be amazing; it is the ultimate gift, and the only thing that gives this life purpose.