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It’s Better To Live Ordinary Than Extraordinary

Have you heard of the concept of living an ordinary life in an extraordinary way?

It has been a relatively new perspective that I have been thinking about lately. It goes against the grain of everything we see and hear in modern day America.

Our media, schools, and friends perpetuate this rhetoric that we are all super special and should not stop until we have become utterly successful and/or have established some level of fame. We are trained to not stop working until we are extraordinary.

But is that really what life is all about? I mean when we’re dead, we’re dead. Will it matter if we “left our mark” or whatever?

I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong I think we should all do our best to contribute. But I think we can best contribute if we focus on what is right in front of us. The old lady that needs help getting something off the top shelf at the grocery store. Our family member who is upset and needs someone to talk to. That is real contribution, that is genuine and that is important.

Trying to become the next Oprah, JK Rowling, or Gandhi isn’t really going to change the world. Those people became who they are by contributing with what they had right in front of them. They did what felt natural, they didn’t make plans to achieve just for the sake of achieving. They weren’t trying to take a stab and being extraordinary, it just happened as a consequence of living true to themselves.

If you think about it, it’s impossible to be extraordinary by trying to become extraordinary. Just the act of trying to achieve that undermines who you are and what you really have to offer.

If you just focus on living your ordinary life, by being your best at that life, that’s how you will follow a path of true passion and love. Maybe your path won’t put your name in the paper, but so what? Your path will at least lead you to a very happy and enjoyable life. I can guarantee that if you try to do something to be extraordinary for extraordinary sake either you won’t reach it because there is no fire or you will reach it but feel unhappy.

I know it’s a simple concept but it has really struck me because I struggle with settling down. I have never been one to just appreciate and feel grateful for my life. I have always had a hard time living in the present. But the more I try to stop focusing on an imaginary future the happier I feel. Through my ordinary life, I feel myself reconnecting with what’s real, what matters, what I really care about. I will likely never be remembered after my last family member leaves this Earth but I don’t care.

That’s a fair trade in my opinion, I’d rather enjoy my time with them and live my ordinary life in an  extraordinary way. Why risk missing all life has to offer by spending all your energy taking a shot at trying to become something big but unnatural, something that isn’t you?

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