In today’s world we are constantly bombarded and flooded with all sorts of crazy ideas about how we should be living our lives. We experience this pressure from family, our peers and our societies. It can be quite stressful to try and live a happy, fulfilling and satisfying life while we are receiving conflicting messages about how we should be living our lives. Without a doubt, we all ultimately have to come face to face with the choices of living and creating our lives by our own choice rather than succumbing to the standards and opinions of how others believe we should be living.
Are You Living Your Life Or Your Idea About Life?
There are really 2 effective methods that I will ask you to consider here in order to know whether or not you are truly living your life rather than just your idea about it.
1). If we are truly living our lives then there should be no delay between thought and action. For example, the delay between me thinking about writing this blog post and me actually writing it was probably less than 10 minutes (and that’s because I got the idea for it while driving). The information in my mind went from a thought and a conceptualization to a published work on the Internet rather quickly; the result is that people can now read this article and benefit from my thoughts and ideas. The time it took me to apply my idea into the physical world and create a physical result and impact wasn’t long at all.
Because of this, I will argue that I am truly living life in this sense because I am quickly applying the ideas that I am having to my immediate world. As a result of this, other people are able to see my ideas and benefit from them as well. If I was living a conceptualized idea about life, I wouldn’t be publishing any work or articles. Instead, I’d just be thinking about how life should work and not actually trying to live by my ideas or share them with others. The results of this are that nobody else besides myself are able to experience any of my ideas, learn from them or put them to good use.
Living life is all about living your ideas about life rather than just thinking about how life should work and never actually doing anything about them.
2). If we are just living an idea about life then we are most likely stuck trying to live from deep within our imaginations without actually acting upon any of our ideas. In our society today where we favor things like Kim Kardashian, celebrity news and gossip and what celebrities look like etc it can be quite hard to know just how to live life since we are subliminally being told that we can’t ever hope to be popular or attractive unless we look like the most famous stars of the time.
Our generation will grow up with more beautiful people (both in appearance and personality) then perhaps any other generation that feels ugly, useless, unpopular, guilty, unacceptable and crappy just because of the way our society dictates the way that people should look, dress and act. We have to do our best to ignore what’s popular and just listen to ourselves and find out what we want to do in the world. Once we have an idea of who we want to be, we must understand that life is nothing more than a unique setting that allows us to realize the potential of our ideas – especially the greatest idea of all, which is our own grand idea of who we think we are.
We are all guilty of thinking we are unacceptable because of the success, gifts, talents or attributes of another. How that person has come to develop their own assets, gifts, talents and traits is their business. I always advocate that we should never just seek to duplicate successful personalities in life (Bruce Lee has also once said this) and instead we should develop our own unique successful personality and present it as a gift to the world.
Life is A Process
Life is a process and we participate in it by living out our ideas, not just merely by thinking about them. Most of the ideas that we have are simply amazing and if they were implemented into the world, could cause great change and success. We must remember that we can never put the cart before the horse – we must always bring our best ideas and actions to the table and fully develop them for the world and others to see before we can expect anybody to acknowledge how great and useful they are.