I Ditched My Life Timeline
When I was a kid, I remember I had my whole life figured out. I had years of my life planned out and huge goals I told myself I had to hit, or I would be a huge failure.
By the time I was 25, I wanted to:
own a house
work full-time in a radio station and swimming in cash
That was it. That was what my life was going to be. I was going to be so happy and so fulfilled, and everything was going to be picture perfect.
Where did this idea come from? I have no idea.
The reality of it is I'm 26, I work part-time, I just started my own business, I rent a studio apartment by myself, and I've been in a long-term relationship for the last few years.
And to be honest, there's nothing wrong with that.
Four years ago I was so unhappy. Things were not working out the way I always thought they would, and it was making me feel so unfulfilled. Why wasn't I engaged yet? Why am I still renting? Why do I only have a couple hundred dollars in my account? I was miserable because I wasn't living up to my own unrealistic timelines I set out for myself when I was a teenager.
And so, I decided to ditch my life timeline and just start living in the moment.
I realized I was always looking forward to the next big step instead of enjoying the things that are going on in my life right now. I was always thinking "when I have this I'll finally be happy" instead of thinking "I have this now, and I am happy for that."
I feel like this is a huge reason why so many people are unhappy. They're not enjoying the now. They're always looking ahead to the next big thing, just trying to check things off their timeline of life.
My life isn't perfect by any means, but no one's is. And if they say it is, they're a filthy liar, truth be told.
Ditch the timeline, and take a chance. Things will work out the way they were meant to, and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.