It’s easy to get preoccupied with working, paying the bills and repeating this process. In no time, years have passed and all you’ve done is work and pay bills. Climbed the corporate ladder, or even worse, you’re still standing on the same rung. Where was the fun? The creativity? The friendship?
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to loveMarcus Aurelius
I write this as a reminder to myself, not only as a lesson for us all. It’s not difficult to go extreme in one direction. Either eating incredibly well or incredibly poorly. The real difficulty comes in finding balance. That’s why people often become obsessed with exercise when they start to see results. Or why some spend the entirety of their time working. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of obsessiveness, especially when you start to see results. Remember you were not born to simply pay the bills and die.
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. There is an entire world out there we miss when we’re pre-occupied with progress. We overlook the beauty outside as we scan twitter on the commute to work, we lose connection with our partner when we choose to watch Netflix instead of listening to their day, we miss out on fun if we’re always turning down social events to train.
The key is finding balance. Spending all your time in one particular area isn’t healthy. That’s why we are learning about the benefits of being a polymath and being a generalist. Finding balance also requires work.