You can look at any given situation and considered it in two ways: how everyone else would do it; how I could do it.
Of course, your way can be just like everyone else’s and you can have a stab at enjoying the spoils they do. However, just because something is done a particular way by most people doesn’t actually qualify it as being the best way, does it?
Is there room for something else, a different approach, the path less travelled, that more closely fits who you are?
Do you really believe you are truly average in every conceivable way that no unique path could be cut out to custom fit the very best of you?
I can’t totally claim a wealth of experience here as I didn’t necessarily make radical decisions in my formative years. However I did march to the beat of my own drum to a large degree. Where I went to university, where I worked, what country I lived in, what ideas I built my life on and who I shared that life with were all choices I contemplated deeply.
What this has helped me to see now is the enormous gulf between the choices someone makes to really carve out their own path verses the choice of those who accept the default of the current status quo.
You don’t have to be a radical out-there person to see things differently. What you need to do is focus on how you’ll turn on the switch which lets you dare to think that the way you dream of it being is really what you need to act on. The responsibility to make this happen is yours – it’s not something you’re owed. Don’t make a plan which relies on your dreams being activated by someone else.
Not every dream you have will turn out with a handsome reward, either. Some of your dreams will lead to heartbreak. But by learning how to follow your own path, to choose the way that best suits you as a unique individual whose head is filled with brilliant ideas of your own, you’ll be able to take every opportunity to thrive in life. Hour happiness isn’t only about outcomes, it’s about contentment with you’re choices as well.
The window to learn this doesn’t stay open for ever either. You don’t have time lose.