Staying within the social norm and fitting in, to most is more valuable than authenticity. Don’t attract attention to yourself, be liked by others and do what your told seems to be the mainstream mantra. Life is not a uniform organism. The truth is, we will never find personal freedom by trying to please others and conforming our life to a template. If we are all truly different, why do we try to force the unique shapes of our personalities, skills, beliefs and ideas into the square peg of social acceptance?
Have you ever taken lots of actions, only to be left disappointed with the results you’ve gotten?
Some will say that you just need to take more action. Do more, and the tides will eventually turn.
But what if taking action is only a small piece of the puzzle?
What if action taken from the wrong place only left you more frustrated and disappointed?
I’ve found that all the action and doing in the world doesn’t amount to much if my internal programming is broken.
I didn’t know it at the time, but a madness was slowly growing within me.
It started like the peculiar feeling of a limb regaining feeling after falling asleep.
The only difference was that this was a “limb” I didn’t know I possessed.
The tingling grew into an itch in my consciousness. The itch turned into a vague question. It pulled at me, called me to seek, to reach… for something. I didn’t know what.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like roman candles in the night —Jack Kerouac
Madness is often misunderstood.
This is a guest post by Pace Smith.
You want to get paid to exist. You want a zero-hour workweek. You want to blaze your own trail, follow your own path.
That’s awesome! You can do it. It’s possible.
And I want to make sure you’re not wearing blinders when you imagine what getting paid to exist might look like for you. I want to make sure you’re not letting your past limit your future. I want to make sure you’re not falling prey to a dangerous myth:
The Myth: My path will make use of the skills I’ve learned.
My wife and I were sitting at the dinner table last night. We were eating leftovers of some amazing vegetable curry Ev’Yan had made the day before. And as we usually do, we were talking about what we were proud of that day.
Ev’Yan exclaimed excitedly, “I’m proud that despite not sleeping very well and not really feeling it, I showed up and wrote anyway. I didn’t feel like it, but I did it and didn’t overthink it.”
We fist bumped (that’s our thing).