I have had this quote saved on my personal Pinterest account for a while and I find it very true in regards to not getting complacent with life. After discussing the topic of complacency with a friend last night I thought I would write a bit of a motivational post today. I’m not saying that I am perfect at following the above quote’s advice but there have been definite moments where I have and I end up enjoying the results more than I thought I would.
For example, for some reason moving to a different region had excited me for years. There wasn’t much to my reasoning besides that I wanted to experience what else the world had to offer and I thought another city might fit my personality better. Yes, the choice was a little daunting but after how much I had talked about the idea of moving, I knew I had to follow through.
While I enjoy the new setting itself, what I have gotten out of the move that I didn’t necessarily expect is a new sense of capability. I’m not necessarily surprised that I found that in myself by moving but it’s just not something I was seeking out. I was just seeking out adventure, not necessarily personal growth. So by following an idea that excited me for years I ended up with a lot of personal growth and avoided getting complacent. In my opinion personal growth helps give you an idea of what your purpose is at that point in life.
Once I accomplished the goal of getting the type of job I wanted in the region I wanted, I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. For so long those two things were what excited me about the future and pushed me to not be complacent. There was a moment while I was here where I didn’t know anymore what could excite me enough to follow. After some conversations with people here in Texas I remembered that I always thought it would be cool to have my own blog since I already read a bunch in the first place. Once I realized that excited me so much I made the snap decision one night to just go ahead and buy a domain name.
At first it was simply about being able to have a side activity and outlet but I quickly realized that I enjoyed having a blog a lot more than I thought I would. I loved looking at the stats and seeing things grow even if it was a slow pace. I learned that maybe someday in the future I wouldn’t hate being my own boss. Now I have a new exciting idea to follow! If I grow my audience big enough, there are so many things I can do with this platform by offering services or products which would allow me to be my own boss.
Now at this point some of this may seem repetitive so let me also talk about not limiting yourself socially. What I have realized recently is that it is never too late to add people to your friend group. Not saying that everyone is going to be the same type of friend, but if there is someone who you enjoying hanging out with reach out to them even if you aren’t super close with them yet!
I’m not trying to shame anyone for not following an idea that has excited them in the past. Interests and dreams are allowed to change. What I am trying to do is encourage you to do something about the things that excite you. Don’t be the person who just says something sounds like it would be cool. Be the person who actually pursues it and can share what they have gained by doing so. It can be easy to get comfortable with where you live, who you hang out with, and your career. It is great to feel content but if a spark of excitement towards something not already in your life I say go for it. It could even be something as simple as actively trying to be more healthy because the long term benefits excite you.
You don’t have to make a big move like I did. I just really encourage the idea of actively pursuing something that excites you at all points in life because there is always more in life to discover. In my experience it doesn’t mean getting rid of the things you were comfortable with, it just means adding growth and experience to your life. Growth and experience will give new perspective and I believe you can never have too much perspective.