Are we fooling ourselves? Physicist Richard Feynman said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”
Are you valued at work? Do you feel you are part of a team that is making a difference? Do you enjoy what you do with your time? Would your job be posted as soon as your obituary if that day came?
Are you doing something with your one wild and precious life that makes you happy?
As Coldplay sang, “Am I part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease?”
Society tells us the way things need to be. It’s up to us if we listen.
There are rules we need to play by. But rules can also be broken. Ideas are infinite. The people who wrote the rules couldn’t possibly have known all the imaginative ideas that were floating out in the ether, waiting to be named and acted on by wonderful folks like you.
Poet e. e. cummings said, “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
Do what you need to do. But don’t ever forget to do what you want to do too. Your time is not infinite so invest it wisely.
Don’t fool yourself.