Having read The Other Boleyn Girl just recently, I've been thinking a lot about ambition. The book is about the Boleyn family, and what they do to get a heir for the king from one of the their daughters. Even though the king is happily married, well happily as in the queen is a very nice lady who gave him a princess but can't give him a prince. Back in the 16th century, that's all that mattered.
Anyways the family exceeds all expectations and does the unthinkable. They get two of their daughters into the king's bed, one of them who was originally married and gives him a son and a daughter, but the king can't acknowledge them. The other makes herself very enchanting and makes the king annul his marriage to the queen in order to marry her. The one who becomes the queen is Anne, she is driven by her ambition.
I am talking about this book because the story has actually happened in England in the 16th century. Queen Anne, actually existed and I don't want to spoil the book for anyone because maybe someone wants to read it. But what I want to talk about is ambition. And how far it can make a person go to achieve their goals. Queen Anne's ambition was like no other, she did everything to conceive a heir for the king, and by everything I mean everything!
There are two extremes in ambition. Some ambitious people would do anything and everything to get what they want. And some of them would take nothing but what they want, so that when they don't get what they want they wouldn't take anything less, and so their life is void and they're leading an idle life waiting and hoping for their ambition to come alive.
I know very well, that in a lot of cases ambition can be such a beautiful thing that drives people to be better people, and achieve greatness. For me, I'm not a very ambitious person, and while I used to think it's a very bad thing since I don't know what I want, these days at times I am thankful because I want to be ambitious and understand that I need to get what I want in the right ways, and not make my ambition become an obsession.