For all these years, I have clung to the shore. Paddling in the shallows. Not taking big risks. Following the mantra espoused by my parents: study hard, get a good job, settle down, don’t do anything dangerous, or different.
So where has that got me?
Two Bachelor degrees. Commuting 3 hours each day. Working for a company that is opposed to my values, doing a job that crushes my soul. Facing redundancy. Married with kids. Surrounded by stuff. Drowning in debt. Overweight. Wasting time staring at screens all day and night. Not looking after the relationships that matter the most. Too afraid or tired to change but knowing that I must.
Where did I go wrong exactly? This is not the life I imagined I would be living. But in many ways I guess it is. It’s exactly what can happen when you accept the sort of mantra that I was following and sleepwalk into the future.
But today is a new day. It’s never too late to change. From today, I have a new resolve. I will evaluate everything in my life. No sacred cows. Everything must be on the table. Everything that brings life meaning, or adds value can stay. Everything that doesn’t must go. Really, there’s no other way to live.
From today, I will start experimenting on my life. Every day. Striving for better. I’ll record my journey in this simple blog. If you get something from reading my posts, please let me know. I’d hate to be screaming into the void.