A friend recently shared a post that hit home for me. It helped describe the greatest lesson I’ve learned for how to live my life. It basically said to not feel bad if someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. Because check it: I am not a rat, and I am not in a race!
There’s all of this wonderful advice out there, saying you should be true to yourself. Advice encouraging you to courageously live as your authentic self. Well, when I’ve taken an honest look at myself, it’s clear that I don’t want to be in that rat race, hustling to get the things and relationships we’re all told are the signs of success. And yet, admitting that, even only to myself, made me wonder if I might just be lazy or afraid.
But that clever post shared by my friend really helped bring things back into perspective for me. I don’t want to spend my life in a rat race, because I am not a rat and I don’t like to race. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing for everybody. Some people love the hustle, and enjoy the rewards gained from it. I’m just saying that when I’m really honest with myself, it’s clear that I’d rather not race. I prefer a nice walking path instead.
We should all take a look at our lives, and be honest with ourselves about what’s working or not. It’s silly to let outside pressures dictate how fast or slow you navigate your life, because they don’t have to run the whole journey.
It’s your life, you should get to choose your path.