I’m listening to more of The Minimalists podcasts lately after a bit of a break over the holidays and this keeps coming back to me.
To be honest, I have never been a chaser. I may have been seen as lazy or not motivated to push myself. I am not saying anything is wrong with having ambitions. I have ambitions, but they have never driven my life because I always had this knawing feeling that there is something that has to be exchanged in order to be an ‘achiever’.
We tend to focus on and are told to focus on the grabbing after our goals at work, looking for the next pay hike, buying the nicer car, getting that bigger house and purchasing the latest and greatest of gadgets. The more money we make, the more money we tend to spend as we justify it since we are making more money. We feel like we ‘deserve’ those items.
We say to ourselves “I worked for it, I should be able to buy it.”
I suppose at the surface, this statement is true, but there is an inherant illusion that comes with this statement. The illusion is that you only pay once. You actually pay at least twice. Once, with during your work, and then with your time, your relationships, your health and your life.
Now, again, I am not saying that if your dream is to become an VP of a company, or the best at whatever you chose to be,that there is something wrong with that but there have been far too many people who live for that carrot and never taste it. The chase never ends. They reach a certain level and then that level isn’t enough. Most times, people tend to over extend themselves once they start to make a bit more money and then end up on the treadmill of needing to make more money. The cycle of the chase continues and the goal is never met.
Our lives are finite.
That may be a hard pill to swallow, especially if you’re young. I’m not saying, sell everything and live off the land, but be aware. Be aware of the fact that there is so much more to life then the chase. You already have the carrot. Take a bite and enjoy it.