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A life worth living

IgnisFray

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"If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself" ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

After frying my brain over-thinking things the last few days, I've realized that I'm not satisfied with my current place in life. I always thought that as long as I found a good wife and had some kids, my job wouldn't matter to me as long as I could get by. But after some heavy self reflection I realized I wanted to do something I was passionate about just as much as having a family. I want to be doing something I love rather than working at a place where I count every second I have left before I can finally go home. The problem is, I haven't done anything to make my dream a reality.

I was so paralyzed by a fear of failure that I let myself become my own worst enemy. It hadn't occurred to me that while not trying meant I couldn't fail at anything, it also meant I would never succeed in anything. So you know what? I wanna try. Even if I fail a thousand times, even if I don't end up doing what I want, at least I can say I tried. Because any move in the right direction is better than living a bland life.

So I want you to do something for me. Ask yourself if your happy. Ask yourself if you're satisfied with where your life is. Are you doing what you love, or have you settle for complacency? The unexamined life is not worth living, so I must beg you to question yourself and your life. Don't settle for normal. Don't let your life filter through your fingers while you do nothing. Ask yourself if you are happy, and if the answer is no, then do something about it.



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Great blog.

My job as a therapist in the scope of practice I am in is to help clients reach a "life worth living" goal. A lot of people set up barriers to protect themselves from failure yet if failure is experienced, it often isn't as bad as we set up our emotional security system for

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Careful, success and failure can be one and the same thing. Finding peace in the life fortune has dealt you will be a worth while pursuit. The more you chase a life you wish you had, the more you'll feel bogged down by all the things that have to magically fall in place. More of, the more you chase, the more desperate you become, and desperation will never end well.
 

I like that you quoted Socrates, but also know that the examined life will only bring happiness given years of practice and study. It's knowing that acceptance of what is out of our control is not complacency, but freedom. It's knowing that happiness is not found so high up, constantly out of our reach, but in the every day occurrences in our life. 

So I ask you, how much of your time is spent dreaming of something you wish you had? How much time is spent relaxing, and looking at your life, not with an eye of dis-contempt, but of appreciation? You will find happiness in the small things in life, that has always been true.

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