Anton Chekhov once wrote that any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day life that wears you out. And he was right. I believe that most of us are strong enough to conquer the reality we live in, but so few of us are actually in control. It’s the ups and downs that make life interesting, to say the least. The struggles, the fights, the losses.
But at the same time this makes life so unpredictable. And it’s in our nature to do everything we can to make it as easy and predictable as possible. So we build a web of routines, and we escape reality one day at a time. Think about it. Waking up at the same hour, doing the same things, eating at the same restaurants.
Routines make us feel safe. Routines are supposed to make life predictable enough, so we never have to go out of our comfort zones.
Pack some bags and go two thousand miles in any direction. Plane, bus, car.
Could you do it?
We grow roots… it’s such a subtle process that we’re not ever aware of it. We get used to the same places, to the same faces, and to waking up in the same bed.
Here and now… you should ask yourself if the life you are living is the life you’ve always wanted. Be honest. Find the routines, the patterns, the compromises. Find all the excuses you create in order to fight any chance of escaping your comfort zone.
Because all those things are actually enabling you to escape reality. The world you live in is just the product of years and years of doing the same things day in and day out.
You can do more. You can be more. You can see more. You can live more.
It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not even supposed to be, but it’s going to be worth it.