Summer has officially started. Many are highly anticipating their long awaited holidays. Finally, they will have a break from the busyness of their everyday lives. It has now become an established lifestyle. People regularly travel, particularly during summer time. It creates happiness, pleasure and gives pride. Vacation is thoroughly planned and discussed amongst friends, colleagues and families. Ideas, recommendations are exchanged, experiences shared and people get each other excited about the upcoming breaks.
I’ve been traveling around myself and have experienced those feelings. It can be thrilling and sparks a lot of anticipative joy! Almost everywhere (and right in time!), we see advertisements encouraging us to “escape the hassle of life”, find a relaxation spot somewhere far, far away. We get hooked with great deals, giving us the impression that we can easily afford it. If that was not enough, Social Media is full of bloggers traveling the world and “living the life”. It makes us envious, stimulates wanderlust, and before we know it, we decide to join the club and spend our next salary on a nice, well deserved vacation.
The sad truth about this is, we have blindly accepted to live unsatisfactory lives. We have created lives demanding escape. It is so common, if you don’t do it, you are an outsider – you miss out. We dread Mondays but create funny memes to somehow get through the misery… we rather not face the reality of dissatisfaction with life. Our lives are draining, fatiguing, even irritating. However, most are not even conscious about it. As a result, we have surrendered to the prison called “the system”. And prefer escaping it from time to time in order to (merely) survive. That is our compromise.
But – what about a life you don’t need vacation from? I agree, “creating a life you don’t need vacation from” sounds easier than said. However, “easy” has never been an ingredient for the creation of a fulfilling life. After all, there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. It takes hard work and dedication to pursue your calling. Yet, the obsession with instant gratification blinds us from our long-term potential.
Don’t trade long-term satisfaction for instant gratification. Get out of your comfort zone. Yes, it requires discipline too. But discipline is just choosing between what you want NOW and what you want MOST. On that note, let me tell you that, oftentimes, the short-term immediate you can’t have immediate gratification, so you can give the long-term ultimate you what is ultimately best. Embrace that instead. Do what is right, not what is easy.
Keep in mind: What comes easy won’t last. What lasts, won’t come easy.
With love and gratitude,
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