Have you had those moments when you take a pause, catch yourself staring at the ceiling, and begin noticing the small things that you barely pay attention to during busy days– like the tick-tock of the clock, the soft hush of the air from the fan, the odd sound your feet make when you rub them together? Then, you simply think about what you’ve been through and ask yourself what you could possibly do to make your life better, to escape the monotony of daily routine?
I recently experienced that moment.
As I was lying in bed, thoughts rushed into mind. There are so many things I want to achieve but I don’t know where to begin. I have many moments of “what if” and “how I wish”. More often than not, I end up thinking of other people’s lives and their successes, and simply wish that I was like them.
Admit it or not, we all have insecurities. We always compare ourselves with others and imagine what life would be like if we were born in their shoes. Would it make us happier, more content? I don’t know.
What I do know is that in doing so, we subconsciously force ourselves to be like them in ways both uncaring and careless, and subsequently find ourselves back to where we started after hearing the thud of failure. Most of us have been through this phase. Lucky for some, they snapped out of it early.
Remember what we were told when we were young by those who have surpassed the test of time? Learn to appreciate the simplest things. Find solace in your own corner for it’ll keep you grounded. Motivate yourself to do better. Believe in yourself. Be the captain of your ship. Row it gently. Go with the flow if you must, but with proper guidance. Soon you’ll find your own wave, your own current in the sea of life. It will direct you to where you’re destined to go.