"Stay in school, get a job, find a compatible mate, live happily ever after". Here's what modern-life fairytale has taught us. If you do this, you will find happiness.
Since when do we base social security as the only way to be happy?
Growing up, as part of Generation Y, I was told by my parents, who were told by their parents, that life is set up for you. That there's a plan to follow that will ultimately lead you to a good life.
So our parents did as followed: they listened to their parents. Why? Maybe because they didn't want to disappoint them, or they didn't believe that following their dreams can give them the stable security having a job can.
They put their money in the bank, saved for their retirement, enjoyed one vacation every 2-3 years and never spoke about happiness. Because that wasn't part of their generation's responsibility. There was no such thing as "self improvement", balance between mind, body and soul. It was simple: go to church, repent, forgive and forget.
Life was fake, in a sense and it wasn't their fault, they didn't know any better.
They were born and raised to in turn, give birth and raise.
Yet when it came to my turn to follow this pattern, something felt wrong. The entire time that I was abiding this social norm, I felt this itch inside of me telling me "this is not it, there's more for you".
Every time I tried to scream it to the world, I got injected with numbness: follow this direction, be a sheep. Why? "Because that's the only way we know how".
That was never my intention. I always wanted more. I was never satisfied with this culture of there's only one way to get to the finish line. Because life is not a race. There IS no finish line.
What I mean is, just like mathematics; you can get to the same answer in different ways.
You can get to the same location, using different routes.
You can get to the same outcome, using different incomes.
Your path is not straight. By aligning yourself and trying to pretend this is what you "want" you are simply falling for social norm. For security, for BOREDOM.
Let me remind you what our friend Mark Twain once said:
"twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
If you want to be happy, make your own path. Create bridges, waterfalls, hills even shortcuts but whatever you do, don't follow a straight line.
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