This is something I’ve asked myself for a long time, and something that occasionally frustrates me. Sometimes it seems like no matter how much I screw around and no matter how little effort I put into my goals, I just can’t help but succeed. I feel sometimes like I’m playing a video game with no bad guys and I just walk straight through to the goals. Am I the only person who feels like this? I hear so many people saying the exact opposite and I can’t help but wonder what planet they’re living on.
I think this has to do with our half-assed culture in America. It seems so rare that anyone puts any real effort into what they’re doing. When you order a meal in a restaurant, the cook mostly just goes through the motions, throws it on a plate and sends it out. When was the last time you went to a restaurant and felt like they really took serious care in quality assurance? And yet these restaurants who never seem to have an employee who actually cares, seem to have no problems staying in business. This seems to be the same with any business in America. We have become so accustomed to thinking that everything should be handed to us on a silver platter that we just aren’t willing to put forth any real effort.
I’m certainly no different. For the last six years I’ve just been screwing around writing code, never taking it too seriously, never feeling like I was really working and now I’m practically in the upper-middle class tax bracket. The last two jobs I’ve gotten, when I gave them my salary offer, they came back with a counter-offer that was higher than what I’d asked for.
I just wonder how me and the rest of American society came to be this lazy, and if we’re going to be this lazy, why can’t we at least appreciate how ridiculously easy it is to build a comfortable life in The United States? Well… I appreciate it… but it also bothers me because I see so many people having such difficulty with their lives and I don’t know how to show them how easy it can be if you just find the right perspective. All it takes is breaking away from religion and the supernatural, breaking away from all the little rules and regulations that nobody actually cares about except to give them that vague, pleasurable sense that they’re coloring inside the lines, and looking at your life logically and critically. To think outside the box. That’s all it takes… oh, and it also helps to remember that you’re not the most important person on the planet, that nobody owes you anything and that you are in total control of your own thoughts, your feelings, your relationships, and your destiny.