Every morning I wake up and get a chance to cuddle in bed with my son and my baby girl. She turned 6 months old on today, so she’s all about conquering those baby milestones. She’s sitting up on her own, pulling to stand, figuring out her balance and falling on her butt all the time.
It’s powerful for a mother to watch her young child develop, to see her or his mind reeling and wonder just what’s going on in that fast growing little brain of theirs.
And as a mother, I want to see that determined look on her face all the time. When she’s five, I want to see that look of wonder and accomplishment again when she reads a book for the first time. When she’s 13, I want to see her shine with excitement when she wins a contest for whatever talent she’s chosen to cultivate.
Parents want that for our children. We spend a lot of time, effort and money into creating ways for our children to expand, and fully embrace what they want to become.
Yet somehow, when we reach the magical age of 30 or so, the magic sort of starts to melt away.
Suddenly achievements aren’t really accomplishments anymore, they’re responsibilities.
When we make choices based on our desires we’re taking unnecessary risks.
When we want more we’re ungrateful.
When we want to keep striving, we’re unhappy with what we’ve been given.
Today I’m saying to hell with that kind of logic. It’s that kind of mindset that makes adults boring, and allows us to settle for mediocrity. Wanting more is not selfish - it’s human nature. It’s in our DNA to continue pushing forward. Our minds are designed to think deeply, to create, to find innovative solutions.
Don’t let the generic, temporal opinions of society destroy millions of years of evolutionary perfection. Use your brain, let those ideas fuel your passion and get your butt off the hamster wheel and into a path of self discovery and personal growth.
Because the second we stop growing is the second we start to decay.
Death happens because we stop producing.
Life happens when we create.
You can want more and still feel satisfied with what you have right now. Wanting more isn’t selfish, it doesn’t mean you’re going through a midlife crisis, or that you should regret your choices. In fact, getting a chance to embark on a new project, to stretch your comfort zone or to rise to meet goals you thought weren’t possible is not only okay, it’s the way it’s supposed to be. So stop letting fear or guilt stop you from going after what you want.
Let me know about your big ambitions in the comments below.