"Looks like you've been missing a lot of work lately." "I wouldn't say I've been missing it, Bob." Unfortunately, many of us know what it's like to work in an oppressive environment; stuck in a cubicle all day long. This is it? This is my life? We rationalize we "need" the job - the money - the stability - you fill in the blank. Fear keeps us there. Stuck. Vapid.
We believe the lies in our head; its just "the way it is" and we should "make the best of it." We have other desires but are scared to leave. What if it doesn't work out? What if I'm not good enough?
The negative tape recorder continues unabated until we become the shell of a person we hoped we'd become. Why?
Perhaps it's a rhetorical question. One I would like to unpack and try to answer personally. Here is a little excerpt of how it all went down for me.
"Self, I would like to be a Realtor someday." "You are mathematically and direction-ally challenged. You'll never be able to pass that test." Right. So, I listened. Didn't even try. For years.
Then, after a lot of life change and prodding, I decided to at least try.
Guess what? I did it. I figured the math out. I'm actually quite good at it. Need a tutor? Siri is my bestie and tells me how to get everywhere.
I am now able to chose who I work for and with. It's so liberating! I truly believe we can do anything we set our minds to. I am not a naivee' newbie Realtor. I know everything is not always sunshine and rainbows.
Life isn't fair. Sometimes hard work doesn't mean "success" in the eyes of the world. Just because life get's tough doesn't mean we are on the wrong path. Success, to me, is freedom. I like that I am the boss of me.