As humans, I believe it’s in our nature to overthink, overanalyze and, in turn, overcomplicate. I have found myself doing this too often lately.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the future. What am I doing? Where am I going? Who the hell am I, really? I start to overwhelm myself with these thoughts and begin to feel stuck and worried, in typical Taurus fashion. I’m comfortable where I stand right now but I’m beginning to wonder if comfortable is enough. Does comfort equate to true happiness? Maybe for some people it does, however, I don’t think that’s the case for me. There are certain things about my life that are bothering me right now. It’s because these particular things are ordinary, and if you know anything about me, you know that I am not okay with ordinary. I am, and always have been, an overachiever. I’m in a constant battle with myself to be better. Not necessarily better than anyone else, but better than my present self. Always working toward some new goal. So I’m considering breaking out of my comfort zone and making some changes. These changes would mean steering away from stability and what I believe others are expecting of me. But that’s okay. I need to learn that standards don’t (or shouldn’t) exist. We shouldn’t have to live our lives based on societal expectations, right?
Yesterday’s New York Times Word of the Day was “timidity.” How relevant. This brought me back to thinking of something that my former boss (and now very dear friend) once said to me: “What would you do if fear didn’t stop you?” That question has always stuck with me and echoes in my head with each decision faced. I am petrified of making decisions but putting fear aside helps put things into perspective. I would suggest trying it. What are you so afraid of? There aren’t many things that are irreversible.
I’ve thrown other people’s opinions and my tendency to overthink things out the door for just a second in order to determine what it is that truly brings me joy. I’m fairly certain I’ve figured it out. So now I’m working on incorporating that happiness into my life in a different capacity than it’s current existence. I owe it to myself to enjoy every single day from the moment I wake up until the moment my head hits the pillow at night. The world would be a much more pleasant place if we all focused on that.
With that said I will leave you with this advice: Don’t overcomplicate your life. Get rid of those things that bring you down and invite those that bring you happiness. Because we are all much better people when we are happy. Keep it simple, stupid.