Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Living a Satisfying Life

When is it enough?

Your achievements?

Your goals?

Your possessions?

Your pay raise?

When have you achieved enough to lean back and say "I'm in a good place"? When can you really feel satisfied with what your life is like?

I've been asking myself these questions lately, and have realized a few things:

1) I'm incredibly hard on myself

2) I'm not sure who I'm trying to impress

3) I have enough money

4) I have too much house and could probably downgrade

5) Even though I'm not a published author yet, my life is still complete :)

6) Everything else from now on is just for fun

7) I'm free to enjoy the journey and take as long as I want!

What does it take for you to be satisfied with where you currently are? Are you having fun on your current journey? If not, why not? Why are you doing what you're doing? Who are you trying to impress, if you're not doing it for yourself :)?

What do you guys think?

Have you ever thought about this, and realized you're fine right where you are, and the rest is just for fun?


Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Sometimes I think I'll never be satisfied. When I'm traveling, I can't wait to go to the next location. When there's a pay raise, I can't wait for the next one. I'm sure once I get the agent, I will be dying to get the editor...and so on. On the one hand, it's ambition and it drives me to move forward, to succeed. But it does make it hard to live in the now.

Amanda Acton said...

Phew, all the time. When I left school, I went straight into the working world as a PA and then moved onto Admin Assist. Same job, more people to please really. I was writing on and off, but my soul was dying. This is why I am now a full time Fine Arts student. I need to be in a creative field. I'm far more satisfied than I was in the office environment, but pangs of guilt tend to jab me in the stomach when I consider how hubby is earning all the money and I'm just spending it! While we may be just fine where we are, I would feel so much better if I could get to a point where bringing in some money was possible!

I don't care which comes first, but I would really appreciate my artwork and my wip book getting themselves to a sellable state!

Us humans, never satisfied. :P

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Sometimes I think if we are satisfied with everything then what else is there to do? :) We always need to be moving the goal posts to keep us motivated and moving. Maybe that is something buried deep inside us.

Jamie Grey said...

Wow - great post. I'm a perfectionist and I'm NEVER satisfied - there's always just something more over the next hill. But I've realized that if I keep living like this, I'll end my life never enjoying what I actually accompished and what I had. Thanks for the post and making me think about that again!

Anonymous said...

Sigh, great post. I, too, am insanely hard on myself, and I thought yesterday - why? Isn't everything I have right now enough? And, sure, it is. Sure. But that fire, man, that DETONATION that goes off every morning and propels me to open the MS, is part of enjoying that journey for me, I think. Thought-provoking post! Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

Interesting! I have to say the only thing I do not have enough of is writing time. Other than that, I'm good! Thanks for making me realize that with your post.

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Nishant said...

it does make it hard to live in the now.
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