I write this post today with so many thoughts running through my head.
Recently, I was having coffee with a colleague, and we were discussing life outside of work; just the things that we both find ourselves occupied with. For me, one of the obvious things that came up was this blog website where you currently find yourself. If you’re not aware, I only started this blog website a few weeks ago. From his side, he was discussing his own thoughts about wanting to start a podcast. As we were discussing these topics, we ended up diving deeper and deeper into the topic of doing what you enjoy. It was a great discussion, and because of that, I wanted to make it the topic of my blog post. So grab a hot beverage, and find a cozy seat. Even dim the lights if you have to, because I’m going to simply dump my thoughts on to this blank canvas.
It goes without saying that each and every one of us is given just this one life. As I sit here writing this, and as you sit there reading this, we are both moving down the finite river of life. Since it is a finite metric, we have to live every opportunity in this life as if we full-well know that one day it will end. If we take each day as simply “just another passing day,” you and I are simply not living. You have to be happy in this life. You will spend the majority of your life working, and if you’re doing something that you’re not fully happy with, you are simply existing in this life; and that will never lead you to happiness. You’re not allowing yourself to Live the life that was meant for you.
I don’t want to lose you here and have you expect that I’m about to discuss how to go out and start your own company. That’s not the purpose of my message here. My message is applicable to all levels of expectations. I think Steve Harvey said it best when he gave a speech where he iterated that in order to be happy and successful in this life, you have to be willing to Jump. Some of us in this life have not reached the full potential that was destined for each and every one of us. I’ll even say it myself – you read it here first – I Refuse to believe that my current position in life is where I will have reached the peak of my success and happiness. But in order to move toward your goal of making your life complete, you have to be willing to take a risk and believe that your own self-worth cannot be measured with material objects. You have to be willing to continuously move forward.
I can’t quite remember where I read this analogy, but sometime during my own research of self-worth, I came across a perfect analogy of the way life works. Imagine you are on a moving walkway that’s many miles long (a moving walkway is the belt commonly found at airports that move you along horizontally as you stand there). So this belt is constantly moving toward a direction that leads to complacency and comfort. This is fine, if you’re willing to stand there and let life move you in that direction. But if you are looking for something better, and you know that it’s out there, you have to make an effort to walk in the other direction. And you have to keep walking consistently and at a quicker pace than the direction that the walkway is already moving toward. If you continuously make the effort, I promise you, that you will eventually make it to the other side. You have to be willing to consistently put forth an effort in order to achieve what some will call success, others will call happiness, and all know as both. And as a moving belt works, if you stop, even for just a bit, your life will start to gravitate toward complacency.
Once you know your self-worth, you will then know that you can do anything that you put your mind and efforts to. For example, I’ve been on social media for many years. And I enjoy the concept of sharing one’s life. And I know for a fact that almost everyone else enjoys knowing about another person’s life. Want to know how I know that? You didn’t open your internet browser to find that it defaulted immediately to this blog post. You don’t even have www.socialomar.com set as your homepage. No – you made the effort to click on a link, or type in the web address in order to come here. And that’s TOTALLY fine! I know you are interested in reading about what others have to say, and I enjoy sharing my thoughts for others to read. But before all of this, I was never fully convinced on starting my own blog. In fact it was through a video that I watched that I found the motivation to simply google How to start a blog; which has now led me to 3 weeks in to this project. Now I know that this might seems minuscule in comparison to the aspirations that you might have imagined for yourself as you read my thoughts above relative to discovering your full potential to lead to happy life; and that’s ok. I know full-well that this blog is just another step in leading me to what I ultimately want to do with the social part of my life. Honestly, I don’t even know what that ultimatum is, and I don’t know that I’ll ever reach it. But you better believe that I won’t accept that my life today is as good as it’s going to get. And That is what you need to start believing for yourself.
If you’re constantly thinking that your life can be better, then you damn-well already know that it can be; simply because you planted the thought in your head. All you have to do is be willing to walk in the opposite direction of the moving walkway. And if you stop, for even just a little bit, you’re going to be heading back to where you started. Don’t allow yourself to become complacent. Know your self worth, and take a leap of faith on doing what you’ve always wanted to do. Record a song. Audition for a role. Ask for a promotion. Start a concept to build a company. Or even do something as simple as starting a blog. One thing is absolutely for sure…. if you don’t even try and you allow yourself to live a complacent life, then you will never allow your dreams to become anything more than figment of your imagination.