To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. -Oscar Wilde
Rat race is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as a “strenuous, wearisome, and usually competitive activity or rush”. Since returning to work after being at home with my son for a few years, I was quickly reminded of how much I despise this race. The getting up to punch an eight-hour clock, only to come home with barely enough time to live – then go to sleep, wake up and do it all over again! No thank you, I don’t want any parts of this “American Dream” because it’s not a dream it’s actually a nightmare. Your life belongs to whatever organization you work for 5 days a week and you only get 2 days to live your life – if you get that!
So why do so many people settle for this lifestyle? Well, for starters change is hard and scary. When we don’t know what to expect, sometimes it’s just easier to stay right where we are in our comfy comfort zone. It’s safe there and we know what to expect. Another reason so many of us settle for a life of mediocrity is the assimilated belief that our lives must follow a working class model – but this way of thinking about life can be a slow death sentence. So what can you do to break out of this uninspiring routine? One word: believe – believe that you are worthy of a higher level of living.
To do this, it’s necessary to readjust your perspective to include the belief that you can live an extraordinary life. Also know that you inherently have everything that you need to do what you’re meant to accomplish in this world. This mindset has helped me to be fearless in any of my new endeavors and to never settle for less than what I deserve – so you don’t settle either!
P.S. – Make sure you check out the Challenge of the Week for this week’s Gem!