I have a friend that lives a self-proclaimed simple life. He is brilliant and has such a clever wit that I always enjoy our conversations. He is my modern day Buddha even though you would never guess is seeing him riding down the street on his Harley with his long ponytail trailing behind.
We were talking about work and he was telling me how great he thought it was that I help people see the best in themselves again and put it on paper. He made the statement that he thinks it is a wonderful thing that I can help people achieve the best for themselves, then added, “but not me – I’m cool just getting by.”
He lives for two things: his wife and his bike, period. If there is a road trip they want to go on or a new accessory he wants to buy he picks up an extra shift, otherwise he is perfectly content doing a 9-5 without looking to move up, on or out. He and his wife life in a modest home filled with love, laughter, sarcasm and lots of very frank conversation. They do what they want when they want, enjoy each other’s company and the company of friends. I love these guys.
When we talked about all the people wanting more he said they can have it, he’ll just be the standard by which they measure more. I have clients that tell me they just want to find a job doing what they have been doing – no more, no less – they are happy with their life and just want to continue in the same manner just different location. I think that there are a lot of people that are good with just getting by; but most do not say it because the majority look at them like they have three heads if they actually said it out loud.
So I’ll say it for you – getting by is just fine. In being happy with that you have probably found a peace within and a happiness with yourself that many of the ones looking for more, more, more have yet to find – and they are looking in the wrong place.
Stop looking for someone else to validate you or tell you what you should be doing. Fin that peace within yourself and let it guide you as to where you want to be, and if that place does not match up with anyone else’s expectations so what. Besides, who are they to judge you anyway? Oftentimes the ones who are most vocal in telling you what you need to do with your life are the ones who haven’t a clue what to do with their own. You just keep doing what makes you happy and let the rest of them chase the windmills.
Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW
Certified Professional Resume Writer
Career Polish, Inc.