I know I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Hell, no one really is. Isn’t that where they got that saying “you’re only human?” Recently though, I’ve made an astoundingly frustrating observation. Most people seem to be content with living their life to only half it’s potential … or less! Think about this for a moment. How many times have you heard someone say “but it’s just a job” or “that sounds like a lot of work?” I’m sure you can think of many more examples of what I am talking about. Honestly, you yourself are probably guilty of these types of thoughts, I know I am!
I think it’s time we take a good look at ourselves though. Whatever happened to our drive for success? Why have we condemned ourselves to a life of mundane mediocrity where phrases like “it’s only a job” and “someone else will do it” are part of our everyday conversations? The arts are a dying breed. No one looks for originality anymore and most people only want what’s quick and easy. No one wants to actually put forth the effort! Honestly, doctors are conditioned to hand out pills because they’re the quickest and easiest cure. People would rather self-diagnose than listen to a professional when the treatment involves a bit of hard work and effort. We have self-driving cars and robot vacuums. We prefer to eat take out and processed over learning to cook healthy food ourselves, and we trust the internet for everything! I’m sure you’d be surprised at how many “debunk it” websites exist out there because people are so eager to believe everything that is put in front of them.
I for one, pride myself in my hard work. I work hard to achieve everything I set my mind to no matter the amount of effort involved. I am not one to believe every tidbit of information placed under my nose. I’d prefer to conduct my own research into the matter before jumping on the conspiracy train. As a teen, I taught myself to draw by spending hours with pencil and paper whilst my family zoned out in front of the television set. As an adult, I worked my way through one of the toughest rated degree programs (it’s true, look it up) to become a Registered Nurse. I also struggled through a failed marriage as well as multiple bouts of joblessness related to a poor career choice. Now, I am working my way towards a freelance writing career. I know the journey won’t be easy, but as with most other aspects of my life, I am unwilling to settle for “it’s just a job.”
I honestly believe that we need to revisit that 1920’s attitude that we can achieve anything if we are determined enough! If we are unhappy with our jobs, we need to get off our asses and find one that’s more fulfilling! If we are unhappy with our relationships, we need to find ways to improve them! If we want to learn a new talent or hobby, we need to get out there and do it! We need to stop being a society that expects the world to be handed to us and start utilizing our innate ability to learn and grow and strive for better! Let’s stop being zombies and go back to being human!