Often we talk about wanting more for ourselves or our loved ones. Whether it’s tangible or not, we strive toward goals relentlessly, without considering the consequences. What’s wrong with planning to be bigger or better? 

Thinking less of yourself will not give you more. That is not motivation, it is deterioration. Setting unrealistic expectations for yourself will lead to a dissatisfying life full of disappointment. Comparison can be crippling. 

Today, much of our society struggles with being genuine. We create a version of ourselves that simply cannot be attained. We no longer desire material objects as much as we hope to be an object of affection. The only direction we aim toward is the center of attention.  

We care too much.  

We love too deeply. 

We fall too hard.  

Our situation is critical because the fear is existential.  

When I’m not happy, I’m devastated. My anxiety knows me by name, introducing me to panic, leaving me breathless. I am eager, I am compassionate, but I am not special. I advocate for myself because there are no accommodations here. 

So, where does that leave us? It leaves us with opportunity.  

You are still standing even when you stand still.  

The only thing you should be todais intentional.  

​SIERRA HOBSON is a blogger for Videtteonline.com. Contact her at srhobso@ilstu.edu. Follow her on twitter @hobson_sierra.

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