It's so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives. We have deadlines to meet, people to see, events to attend, people to look after, and the list goes on. We are in a time and age that everything needs to be documented on social media of all sorts. We inevitably become obsessed with a snap-shot culture where we only highlight the best moments and illustrate our "perfect" lives. This activity carries on until we start to compare ourselves to other people. This becomes a downward spiral into a dark hole where, once we felt good about our lives, but now start to feel that way less and less.
Someone mentioned to me recently that she believes in being grateful for other people's success and accomplishments. Why be jealous or angry of their hard work, drive and success? I found this very refreshing and it got me thinking about those around me and all the great things they are doing with their lives. Instead of envying them, support them! We would want them to do the same for us, right? It could be as simple as a double tap on Instagram, or a short comment or quick message to their inbox. Through these people, we can allow ourselves to become inspired to live our best lives.
The only thing between now and where you want to go is yourself. Don't wish for or want something without willing to put in the work to make it real. Mark Manson explains it best in his book 'The Subtle Art of not giving a Fuck.' Instead of asking yourself "What do I want out of life?" ask yourself "What pain do I want in my life?" or "What am I willing to struggle for?" Manson explains that life is not full of daisy's and sunshine. Happiness requires struggle. This struggle is good in the end because it challenges us and makes us stronger for the best possible outcome. You want that perfect relationship? You need to work through it together. You want a bang'n body? Put the time in at the gym. You want a designer handbag? Budget yourself and save your money. Make shit happen. If you really want to achieve great things, then put your phone down and go do something about it. Surround yourself with people that inspire and support you. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and I promise you'll be happy that you did. We have the strength inside of us to achieve anything. You need to decide if your goals are worth struggling for.
Photography by: Christian Harris