All my life, I felt I was different.
That sounds like another tired cliché, but it is the only way to describe what I know.
I noticed details that everyone else overlooked, got fixated by information which everyone else discarded, and didn’t see the hype in the latest thing everyone else had to have.
I’m not saying this to play a ‘look at me I’m so special thing.’ I am special. We are all special. But feeling different doesn’t make you superior. In fact, it can be hella lonely.
In our busy, noisy world, you are defined by two things: what you earn, and what you have. We take pride in competitive tiredness and busy-ness – if someone proudly boasts that they worked a 40 hour week, there is an overwhelming urge to inform them that actually, you worked 45. If someone only got 3 hours sleep, there is an intrinsic need to beat them by proclaiming that you got 1 and a half.
You spend all your time working your arse off to buy your dream house…only to never enjoy it because you are spending your time working for things to put in it, to make sure you are not left behind. Or to buy a bigger house. Or a newer car. Or working yourself into the ground to pay off the mortgage 10 years early to then, and only then, can you enjoy life.
I’m going to let you in on a secret. Life is happening now.
Trust me, I’ve heard all the excuses. “I’m too busy.” “I can’t afford to slow down.” “Bills need to be paid.” “My children need to eat.” “But I love my job!” They are all totally valid, and I’m not going to suggest that you quit your job, move to a gorgeous tropical island, and spend each moment of every day in reflection and meditation.
For most of us, idyllic as that would be, it just isn’t practical.
So we need to go within. To put on different glasses, and consider another view. Life is too short to do anything else.
Just because something has been the status quo forever, doesn’t mean it can’t change.
Don’t waste another day. Be brave, and put yourself first for once. Do something revolutionary.
Believe me, we have a lot of fun!