“You’ve been all over my news feed lately, I wish I could be doing what you’re doing, what’s it all about?”

Another commonly heard inquisition from a curious, modern-day human that is a participator of the highly visible online world in which we now live. One of literally endless options, yet little action taken towards them.

A world where you can literally discover someone having more fun than you at the click of a button. Where the reality of your decisions is given an immediate contrast for what else you could have done by accessing a minor machine in your front pocket. A world where the amount of impact you have on the world is perceived to be correlated with the amount of times you are re-tweeted.

It is a world where we feel a sense of comfort in asking ourselves the question: “Am I choosing the right path? Should I be doing something else?”

The result is the majority of people with access to the Internet feeling a constant underlying state of longing to be where they are not, and forgetting to embrace where they really are.

We wonder if we are working too hard, or not hard enough.

We wonder if we should pursue money for money’s sake, or passion for passion’s sake (and wonder if the two can really be achieved concurrently).

We wonder if our creative and artistic talents really mean we can’t develop a business mindset, and vice-versa.

We wonder if things have all turned out the way they were always supposed to.

Above all, we wonder if life would be easier if we had someone else’s situation or lifestyle.

But there is usually one thing we forget as we continue to scroll down the news feed of optional and opportunistic life roads:

To be continuously wishing you had someone else’s situation is to lack gratitude for what you already have. It screams a lack mentality instead of abundance and also assumes a complete disregard for the likely hard work and resourcefulness it took the other person to get to where they are.

In terms of conceptual human behaviour, the act of being attracted by the next shiny thing in our Instagram feed or Snapchat screen is typically symptomatic of two things:
– An inability to realise our own unique strengths and talents that are likely to be sitting there untapped.
– Knowledge of our strengths and talents, yet an unconscious preference of not taking action on them in attempt to remain safe.

The irony of this concept of course is that the only thing that remains certain in this world is that it is completely made up of uncertainty.

The only thing that stays the same is that things will change.

There is always going to be a ‘next shiny thing’ until we realise that our unique abilities we have to offer others have been waiting to be utilised for (insert your age) number of years now.

There is far more power and fulfilment in harnessing your strengths, having significant gratitude for them and taking action accordingly. Do that, and the last thing on your mind will be what your Facebook newsfeed is be showing you – because you won’t need to look outside yourself for a constant source of entertainment, variety and growth.

Related: We also shared some insight into the world of young hustlers aiming to travel and work at the same time, you can read it HERE.


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