Be Inspired Everyday

Well first, some insight from this article, which I read today. 

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To me, being wealthy is having the freedom to maximize one's life experiences.  In those terms, despite the average American having more material wealth than citizens of most other countries (more cars, bigger houses, nicer televisions), their overall quality of life suffers in my opinion.  American people on average work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt. That's a lot of time spent working and buying crap and little time or disposable income for relationships, activities, or new experiences.

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Comfort sells easier than happiness.  Comfort is easy.  It requires no effort and no work.  Happiness takes effort.  It requires being proactive, confronting fears, facing difficult situations, and having unpleasant conversations. 

Comfort equals sales.  We've been sold comfort for generations, and for generations we bought bigger houses, separated further and further out into the suburbs, along with bigger TV's, more movies, and take-out.  The American public is becoming docile and complacent.  We're obese and entitled.  When we travel, we look for giant hotels that will insulate us and pamper us rather than for legitimate cultural experiences that may challenge our perspectives or help us grow as individuals.

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Just these three paragraphs (out of the whole article), hits home.  The information itself is not new, but it just adds to the guilt of sitting around and doing nothing, all the time.  We make up excuses for ourselves, and then don't fight our inner ego even though our brain knows better.  

Building off of that thought... let me introduce this book that was sent to me: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  "Creative Living Beyond Fear" is the subtitle.  She addresses basic human fear and instinct-the things that keep us from being freely creative.  But after reading the article, those same concepts Gilbert talks about can be applied to everyday life.  Same cycle, same rut.  

So here's to the nights we felt alive.  Here's to the new year.  Maybe one of the craziest years I will have.  But I am looking forward to it so much, and do not want to miss it.  I want to be present and actually be proud of how far I've come - both personally and emotionally.  

Let us take a deep breath and breathe in the fresh air.  


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