I think many of us are stuck in the mediocre middle— an area between happy and UN-happy— a stable, yet unfulfilling place. A place lacking MEANING.
We attempt to occupy the void of this middle ground with iPods, iPADS, MP3s, plasma screen TVs and SUVs. But attempting to replace meaning with toys is akin to treating bronchitis with a cough drop—it provides temporary comfort, but fails to address the underlying ailment.
Unfortunately, many remain in this safe but miserable middle-ground of mediocrity and avoid making a change until a dramatic life event (e.g. disease, job loss) FORCES a change. Absent a dramatic life event, years…even decades drift by--slowly, but quite surely. The result: a life of regrets, missed opportunities and unrealized potential.
I say get out of the middle. Today. But on YOUR terms. Don’t wait for leukemia, or your boss to fire you, or some other external event to force the change. I say find that personal mission NOW—a marathon, a new business, a new career teaching high school chemistry. Something big—bigger than YOU.
Something that you can pursue relentlessly and proudly call your life’s work.