Imagine for a second that all your needs have been met. You don’t need to lift a finger to do anything. You’re in the perfect location, with the perfect partner, all your physical, emotional, and financial needs have been completely taken care of. Servants bring you fresh food and drinks. No need to even get out of your beach chair.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve recently been on such a vacation and it truly gets old after the first week or two. Even though I had plenty of good books to read and a beautiful beach to swim in, this thought of sitting still bores the hell out of me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of downtime. However, once you break free of the scheduled corporate world, it becomes even more important to make productive use of your time.
We’ve all heard the stories of people who work their whole lives then retire and drop dead because they didn’t think about what’s next. If nothing is next, that’s what you may end up with…nothing.
We are happy when we are challenging ourselves. We’re happy when we’re uncomfortable.
I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m not a natural when it comes to writing. I write about my personal experiences so I can get my thoughts down on paper and clarify my thinking. It would be easier to just sit and read a good book or enjoy someone else’s blog.
On the other hand, getting up early and doing something you aren’t naturally talented at is a simple way to create discomfort. For some people that may be getting up in front of groups, talking to strangers, speaking up for something you believe in.
I believe the key is to bring a little discomfort into your everyday life and see what happens.
In the end, mixing it up, taking a different, more difficult path from societal norms may not make you happier now but it will certainly give you some valuable and rewarding experiences to look back on.