Fast Sundays 2: Why?
Day 14/365: Whatever you want to know about yourself, there’s only one question you should ask
Fast Sundays: Every Sunday, I write a 300 words post on different topics of interest, after starring at the blank laptop screen for 3 minutes. Whatever pops into my mind at the end of the 3 minutes mark, that’s what I’ll scribble below.
For a long time, the wisest people on Earth made a terrible mistake in judgement. We’re talking thousands of years ago, back when there was no Facebook or Instagram or electricity or even the Pyramids. They always questioned what things were. The stars in the sky, the animals, the wind, fire and everything else.
Then came the wiser people, who eventually, in the modern times, questioned why things were the way they were. That changed the game. It transformed ideas into science. Dreams into reality. Suppositions into notions. Theorems in demonstrations. You get what I’m trying to say, right?
What I’m trying to say is, you can sometimes get stuck on a problem only because you fail to formulate it correctly. You can ask what is this and what is that, but have you ever tried to ask why things are how they are?
I am not going to get that raise
Why? You know you are good at what you do. The company needs you. You are an important part of the well-functioning of the firm, people like you, you give it all you’ve got every single day, so why not? Only because of you self-doubting yourself? Stop doing that, give it your 100% and go ask for that raise!
I am going to be rejected by that girl
Why? You know you have what it takes to ask her out, so why not start with that? If you get rejected, you know you can survive it, so you really have nothing to lose. But if you don’t get rejected, you have everything to win. Seems like a good price to pay when the potential reward is getting the girl of your dreams to dinner and maybe, who knows, change your life forever?
I don’t like it that I’m not in shape
Why? Why are you not in shape? Maybe because you overate lately, late at night and it felt so good? And you missed the gym or walking or anything else that has to do with actual body movement? Why not do something about it, rather than asking rhetorical questions that help nobody and search the internet for miraculous diets that will help you lose weight just by staying at the computer and popping Pringles all day?
I can’t earn more money
Why? If you earn some money now, no matter how small of an amount, even if it tends to be peanuts, that means you have the potential to earn a little bit more. And then a bit more, and so on. Look deep inside, try and see what you’re REALLY good at and then “exploit” that gift that you have not for making millions, but for helping the millions in need of your knowledge or skills. The money will follow shortly, no doubt about it.
I can’t visit the places that I want to
Why? Why are you holding yourself back? You know you can do anything you want, so whatever reasons you found for not being able to travel wherever you want, you know they’re false. Money? Family? Work? That’s all about stability. Why not let yourself be a little bit less stable, but enjoy the uncertain, the crazy and the adventurous? Why not go and see the world, rather than questioning yourself why you never booked that plane ticket, years ago?
I can’t move on
Why? You are the only one that’s holding you back. You do realise that you are the one responsible for you, your happiness or misery, that it was never about him or her. It was always about you and how you reacted to the things that happened to you. Why? Because environment is just influencing us, but cannot decide what we can and can’t do. We do that, nobody else, so if we want to move on, we only need to be asking ourselves one question, and that is why. Why? Because we can and we should. Starting now.
Start with why and the world will suddenly become smaller and way more acessible. But you need to start somewhere, so start today. Start with WHY.
Thank you for your time!
My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, full-time freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 44 claps!
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