Why are you in such a hurry?
“If you should need anything it should be needing nothing” — Russell Simmons
I am beginning to realize that the life I live is mine and mine alone, and it certainly doesn’t belong to any norms, rules or regulations that have been created by society. The norm that most people are accustomed to following is; get an education and get a job with that education, get a spouse and have a child with that spouse, get a house and start a family within that house, and most importantly get it all before you turn 30 years old. If everyone were to live their lives this way, we would all just be living out a computer-like program. We would all be playing a game that had the same levels and the same outcome for us all, more or less. It’s as if the game we play has 30 levels, and if you haven’t collected enough coins before that level arrives you’ll lose in life.
I call bullsh*t.
Society tells us “do your job” and “stay in your lane”. Well, what is my job? Is my job whatever one that matches my grades? What about my interests? What about my passion? Passion is for kids, and you’ll have to put it away once you want “a real job” right? Well, who says that I can’t create my own game with my own levels to complete, who says I can’t dig out my own lane and do a job that I want to do? I am not here in this world to choose between a box that is labeled either small, medium or large and then go for the one that fits me somewhat the best, I am here in this world to create my own box that fits me just the way I want it to.
All of the above is just a set of gibberish metaphors for the fact that most of us would rather compromise on our own happiness and trade it for safety, rather than follow our guts and go for our dreams.
“Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty” — Tim Ferris
I am not getting an education to get a better seat in the arena of society, I am getting an education to learn. I am not getting an education to get the best grades and then the best job, I am getting an education to learn. I am not getting an education to try to be better than the person without one, I am getting an education, simply to learn. I am studying physical therapy without necessarily wanting to become a physical therapist, but more so to learn the traits of a physical therapist and then apply them to the job that I want to create for myself.
I may only be 22 years old, but I don’t look at life and say damn, I only have 8 years left before I have to have every piece of the rest of my life in place. Instead, I try to realize that there is nothing in life i “have to do” other than live my life the way I want it to be lived. So many people hear the phrase “you only have one life, and it is a short one” so often, without actually taking 10 seconds to stop and think about it.
Why are you in such a hurry to be living your life a certain way by the time you are 30, 40 or 50 years old when all you need to do is slow down and realize that you can begin living your life however you want to live it right this moment?
(Originally posted on April 10, 2017 on bodymindmanagement.com by author Marcus Kwame)
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