“Accept what people tell you at face value. Surround yourself with people who think like you. Don’t stand out. Stay close to home. Get a normal job. Do things the way everyone else does, because there has to be a method to the madness… Jump through hoops. Check off boxes… Wherever you go, make absolutely sure that you will be safe and comfortable… Work at a job you don’t like for the majority of your professional life… Put the blame on someone else when things go wrong. Never take responsibility for anything. When you fail at something, resolve to never try again.” — Chris Guillebeau “How To Be Unremarkably Normal”
The life you want to live has no recipe. Following the recipe got you here in the first place:
“Mix one high school diploma with an undergrad degree and a college sweetheart. With a whisk (or a whip) blend two cars, a poorly built house in a cul de sac, and fifty hours a week working for a board that doesn’t give a shit about you. Reproduce once. Then again. Place all ingredients in a rut, or a grave. One is a bit longer than the other. Bake thoroughly until the resulting life is set. Rigid. With no way out. Serve and enjoy.” — Gym Jones “Twitching“
The past year has been a whirlwind of ups, downs, trials, and tribulations. Which isn’t uncommon, everyone has these kinds of feelings. Something that has been hitting me over and over and over again is this feeling like I am on a the Mediodcre Life Express hurling down the tracks towards Regretful Life-ville. *Just as an aside, this is all on a personal level. This doesn’t have to to do anything with my family. I never regret them. In fact, they are what inspire and encourage me to do better.
Life isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a straight one-way path. It’s a series of crossroads for those who are brave enough to step out of line and take a risk. In order to lead a meaningful life, I need to engage in something fulfilling and here’s a heads-up, it’s not sitting in an office for 8 hours everyday and working for the weekend.
I’m not going to throw caution to the wind and quit my job. I have mouths to feed and a family to support, that’s just stupid. But I am going to start doing more of the things that I am passionate about so that one day, when I’m old and gray, I can say that “I lived.”
That’s all I really have to say for now. I suggest you read the article that I linked up there in the quote. Maybe you’ll feel inspired to take a risk.