What if all I want is a mediocre simple life? A home where I can stay with my family and not a show piece to impress others? A small car enough for us, or even better an auto whenever we want to go out?
What if my vacations are simple and clothes are comfortable? Is it necessary to go to the IIT or the IIM or get a CA degree only to ask ‘OK, now what?’.
What if my portfolio just has some esop, ppf, and an index fund. Just nothing more. What if I am happy with a 14% return that I have so far got in my index fund so far and will wait out till my retirement at 68? Tenured professors go on till their 70 but I have decided that I will retire at 68.
What if I do not like the noisy, type A kind of a behavior and the struggle to be striving to be competitive? What is wrong with being type A, B, C or what if I do not want a label at all? The world is such a noisy place. Loud, haranguing voices lecturing me to hustle, to improve, build, strive, yearn, acquire, compete, and grasp for more. For bigger and better. Sacrifice sleep for productivity. Strive for excellence. Go big or go home. Have a huge impact in the world. Make your life count.
Why should I run more, faster, and win podiums? What if I want to run only half marathons or 10k instead of full marathons or ultra marathons? What if I do not want to push myself? What if I just want to keep running till one day I drop dead? Or what if I do not want to run at all if I feel so? What if I just want to help a few other runners with my experience and non achievement?
But what if I just don’t have it in me. What if all the striving for excellence leaves me sad, worn out, depleted. Drained of joy. Am I simply not enough?
Why am I having to write an article like this?
What if I can make a living for myself, cook a few times a week and listen to nice music when i write? What if I want to run a blog without a purpose?
What if I want to write and enjoy writing? In the meanwhile if I can create a bestseller, it is just an unintended act – and it just happened? Why is it so bad that you cannot call yourself ‘average’ any more. Damn it. In most things that I do or did I would be at the middle of the bell curve?
I have been and am an average student, average friend, average investor, average life. Is it so bad?
What if I do not build an orphanage for elephants in Africa? or save the Amazon river? What if I can convince 100 people not to litter in and around their walks, their trips to work and office?
When did being average go so out of fashion? Did I sleep for 20 years like Rip Van Winkle?
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