Over the last few years, my views about life, work, and fulfillment have been steadily changing. There will likely be no end to that evolution, but there is one major shift that has happened that I’ve only been able to express recently. It’s been said that life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, but I’m realizing that it really is neither.
After writing my last post (about the False First Step) and finally publishing that thing, I was so glad to finally have it out there. All the work I did to conceptualize, publish and get the word out about it was done. I had finally hit my goal of sharing the idea with the world.
Now, it’s about two and half weeks later, and here I am writing my first blog post since then. Despite receiving a fair amount of attention (and some criticism), Break the Twitch isn’t any different, other than the fact that there are a few hundred more of you getting this blog post delivered to your email now.
It’s not that I expected anything to change, but for a long time I’ve viewed goals and aspirations in a completely backward way. Maybe it wasn’t a conscious thought, but somewhere lodged in my brain was this idealized concept of success. This magical place where life gets really easy and everything is great. We work hard, sprint towards a goal then, phew. We made it!
How often have you thought about how great it might be to win the lottery? To finally get that promotion at work? While a boatload of cash might solve some financial issues, it won’t actually solve much else unless you really know what to do with it.
We still have to continue working towards something or else what was the point? All the money in the world won’t do push-ups for us or steam vegetables and feed them to us (well, maybe that last one, eventually). But let’s pretend there is, in fact, that point when we’ve made it, what then?
I remember the last time I had a “goal weight” I wanted to hit with my fitness aspirations. It was about four years ago. After six months of working out every day and eating perfectly clean meals, I hit it. Satisfied with my progress, all of the habits that got me to that goal slowly went away. I had achieved my goal. I had succeeded, completed the challenge and then returned right back to the weight I was when I started.
So if there is no finish line, no goal weight, it seems to me that success, or perhaps the life we want to live, is simply a line. And our current lives another line.
It is only doing the things that matter to us every single day that begin to blur those two lines together, eventually creating a single existence. Assuming we want to stay there or continue our growth, there is no end where we’ve “made it” and should stop doing the things that got us there.
Perhaps the idea of enlightenment is actually just the consistent pursuit of enlightenment. Greatness, the consistent pursuit of greatness itself.
I’m never* going to sell this website for millions of dollars and cash out so that I can finally do what I want. The hundreds of hours of work that I put into Break the Twitch every month is the life I want. If I want to share my ideas with and, ideally, help more people with my writing, I have to keep writing. If I want to keep a decluttered home, I have to continually declutter and not bring new things into it. I have to continually avoid the temptation of online purchases to make sure that I’ll be ready and able to buy a plane ticket when a good friend gets married and wants me there.
Some days feel successful, others might feel like failures, but every day is a new opportunity to move those lines a little closer together.
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*wait, how many million did you say? just kidding.