One thing I’ve always hated to see was people hating their lives and not living up to their full potential. At my former job, I used to see it all the time in my office building. Even though I didn’t know the people I’d see, I could always tell. I call it The Walking Dead Syndrome – people walking around like zombies, alive, but not really living. You could tell by the look on their faces they weren’t happy to be where they were and were just holding on, barely, trying to make it through the day. And I hate to admit it, but I too, had Walking Dead Syndrome – living, but not really alive; dreading every day I had to walk into a job I didn’t like to do work I didn’t enjoy, all so I could get my safe, steady, dependable paycheck, pay my bills, maybe take myself out for a dinner or two and that’s it. The end. Man, looking back, I’m trying to figure out how I lasted so long. Then one day, when I couldn’t take one more day of the rat race, I took a risk and resigned. And honestly, I’ve never been happier. Without risk, there’s no reward. I’m not going to say that everything is perfect, but I’m a lot happier than I was running on the corporate treadmill, going nowhere fast. Now I spend my days actually doing the things that I want, rather than the things I have to do. Sure, I’m still waiting for the ultimate reward of my risk to pay off, but since leaving, so many opportunities have opened up for me – opportunities that I wouldn’t have been available for if I had chosen to stay on that hamster wheel, running after what, from the outside, looked like success.
I’ll be even a little more honest – sometimes we don’t take risks out of fear – fear that giving up what seems secure and safe will blow up in our faces. At least, I know that’s what stopped me many days from doing what I knew I should had done a long time ago – leave a situation that wasn’t serving me. Fear is a terrible thing. It’ll hold you back and keep you in a terrible situation instead of allowing you to take a leap of faith and live the life of your dreams.
I’m not telling you to do anything stupid or ill-advised, but what I am telling you is to look at your life; are you happy with it? Is your present situation serving you? Why or why not? Is there something you’ve always dreamed of doing but are too afraid to take a chance? Just remember, without risk there’s no reward and changes are, what you really want is on the other side of your fears.
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