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As I browse Buddhist forums and such, it seems (sometimes) that enlightenment is a fairly common thing. I fail to see how a goal such as that can be accomplished so commonly. It's entirely possible that I'm wrong, or misreading (it has certainly happened before).
I don't know if I'll ever reach enlightenment. Sometimes I wonder if it's even something that I want. I find that it is my flaws and shortcomings that cause me to learn the most and to help others the most. I find a lot of joy in the journey and am coming to appreciate all of the bumps in the road.
So, my question is, is enlightenment common? Or am I misreading the situation?