May 16th 2017
Ordinary, my biggest fear.
When most people are asked about their biggest fear they often turn to real life threats like spiders, heights, the dark, and other things that give a person a feeling of physical danger. And while I could sit and rattle off a long list of things that make me uneasy, the number one thing that scares me the most is ending up ordinary.
Ordinary isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just isn’t my thing. I never viewed myself to be the kind of person who would just graduate college, get a job, and settle into a subtle, predictable life. This isn’t to say that I am not going to get a job and work my way up the ranks and things. That is totally in my plans. However, when I think of my life long term, I don’t see myself just being ‘ordinary’. I see potential for so much more than a 9 to 5 and white picket fences and brown bag lunches. I see myself making changes. I see myself doing something for the world that I haven’t even realized I’m capable of yet.
And when it boils down to it, no one is predestined to be ordinary. Ordinary is a state of mind that we allow ourselves to slip into. One day you’re dreaming of seeing the Eiffel Tower and then you wake up and it’s 10 years later and you’re sitting in your cubicle wondering where those dreams went. Well, they didn’t go anywhere! You let yourself lose that drive to be more than ordinary and you became what you feared most.
Nothing stops life. Not college, not graduating, not a job, not getting married, not kids, nothing. No matter where you are in life, it is not impossible to push passed ordinary and become extraordinary.
Don’t forget that…I’m trying not to.