THE WAITING PLACE
(Going Through the Motions)
Life Tip #1: When you think you’ve finally “made it,” take a step back and ask yourself, “Made it to where? To what?” Did you make it to where your dreams led you, or did you simply make it to where society says you should be?
Life Tip #2: If you find yourself in a constant struggle to achieve “the good life,” remember that if you live in the United States, you are already living the good life compared to most of the world. You have the good life in the U.S. without lifting a finger. Strive for more than the good life!
Life Tip #3: (One of my harsher tips) If your life currently consists of working “a job” day in, day out, month in, month out, year in, year out, and your only escape is through TV and sports binging and a vacation every summer….you’re doing it wrong.
Life Tip #4: Your life doesn’t have to go like this:
- Step 1: Survive youth and high school
- Step 2: Get a college degree and/or…
- Step 3: Get a job that turns into a career, neither of which you are passionate about
- Step 4: Get married, have kids, get a house and lots of other stuff
- Step 5: After kids grow up and move out for their own Steps 2 and/or 3, “enjoy” what’s left of your life
- Step 6: Die
Come on people, you were born in the greatest nation on earth, where opportunity is limitless! Who says your life has to follow the above process. It doesn’t have to look anything like this. You barely have to do Step 1 all the way through, much less Steps 2 through 5. The rest of the steps have merely become society’s “fall back plan.” Step 6 is only step we all must take. Why would you want to live in the exact same way as everybody else?
Life Tip #5: The “American Dream” was hijacked a long, long time ago, by our government, marketing and advertising, and by big business. They want you to stay in the rut you are in, because that fulfills their American Dream.
“The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
NO! That’s not for you!”
~ Dr. Seuss – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!