That it’s okay to feel like a loser. That the American Dream won’t happen for everyone. In fact, acknowledging one feels like a loser can liberate the soul with emotional truth and you feel better about yourself–as a centred, calm individual and not a striver.
That some things don’t matter, it’s okay to be cool about life, but one doesn’t have to go off the rails either. There’s more to life than being a winner, or striving to succeed. If one doesn’t win, it’s not the end of the world. Calm and peace is better.
I was reading Steffen Haubner’s comments on the film Atlantic City (a movie well before my time) in Taschen’s Best Movies of the 80’s which inspired these thoughts, but I must add these are my train of thoughts on aspects of the piece and doesn’t necessarily reflect the writing itself. A great read.