In life, it’s very easy to often let go and just settle.
Don’t get me wrong. It is very important to be satisfied with what you have and who you are. In fact, it is a necessity in order to ensure that you’re happy.
But like being satisfied is to happiness, settling is to regret.
For a while now, I’ve followed my life through with an imperative rule. I make sure that whatever I do, it is something that I can discuss with at least one other person. This has been almost like my motto for life in order to make sure that I don’t have any regrets.
I’m not going so far as to say that I don’t regret anything in my life. Unfortunately, life has a way of happening and there’s almost always at least one or two things that you regret. And I’m no exception to the rule.
But more relevantly, for me, it’s making sure that it’s not something that I will end up regretting every day for the rest of my life. And for me, that was by making sure that my conscience was happy with what I was doing. After all, when you’re ashamed to tell others, that is when the regret starts gnawing at you from the inside.
But you know why I’m mentioning this? Irrespective of whether this motto in my life allowed me to live a life free of regret or not, what it did do was never let me settle.
Let me explain how.
If I was going to make sure that I can tell people, that I didn’t regret not doing something or doing something, it, subconsciously, ensure that I wouldn’t end up settling for what I just had, rather than what I knew I deserved.
The minute you settle for something lesser than what you deserve, you are settling to be lesser than the best version of yourself. And when you’re not the best version of yourself, trust me, you’re not living life to the fullest.
Often, humans confuse a good life with a few moments of happiness. I believe that a good life is when you’ve taken life by its horns and made your life follow your wishes. You don’t have to be an academic or an adventurer or any one title. Each of us is unique and have our own representations of ourselves. Some of us follow the road less traveled, some of us follow life as society dictates and relish that victory, and some of choose to ditch all else and be someone completely new.
And when we let ourselves be who we want to be, we are happy.
The minute we decide to not settle, we’re happy.
So no matter, what the issue or problem or situation at hand, I promise you, you’re meant for more. You’re meant for whatever you choose or want.