As kids, we are quirky and daring and brave yet afraid… the list really keeps going as we move from child to child since to some degree we are all different. Somehow along the way we shake off a lot of these traits and I used to think this was meant to happen to define us but as I age, I think a lot of this happens as we try to conform to whatever part of society we want to conform to.
Every day I talk to folks who are jaded from their work and in part (as sad as it sounds) from different aspects of their lives. They want to know how much longer they have to work or when they can retire or how to fix a lot of what has already been done wrong. Some of these questions are easier to answer than the others. In some cases though, it’s not possible to change the past. A pessimist will say what’s done is done and there’s no point in moving forward or trying to make it better, just wallow. I am not a pessimist and I say what is done is done but you can look to change or make better what you are working with now. Stop trying to conform or do what you are supposed to do and do what you enjoy.
And this applies to everything in life. I happen to work in the world of finance so you can’t just make money appear but you can learn to live within your means or consider part time work that makes you happy. Beyond finance, there is a whole world out there. It is never too late to learn a new skill or travel to new places or take up a different hobby.
The moral of the blog today is don’t give up the important parts of you, trying to be what society wants to you to be, in exchange for your happiness. I can guarantee that in most cases you will regret it.
Happy writing this week!