I sometimes wonder if I’m in the right place. People around me seem to be so complacent with their average lives. Not that “average” is bad. The middle class accounts for 45% of Americans, but being “complacent” with “average” seems… well… less than average. Maybe I’m just crazy, or maybe everyone around me thinks that 30 is the new 55.
Time is Not on Your Side
A lot of things change as you grow older. People change, roadways change, landscapes, and landmarks will change, but one concrete fact is that time waits for no one. Time is an eternal constant that moves in one direction, forward. A lot of people don’t stop to realize that. They go about their average lives, being perfectly happy with the simple act of survival, living between paychecks, and catching the next episode of their favorite TV series. One day they wake up, in their mid thirties, wondering where their life went wrong. At the end of the day, time is the only answer that I have for them. Time is what they squandered away, never to be seen again. Meanwhile, all they have to regain some of their mojo is to somehow attempt to relive their youth with fast cars and cheap dates.
I thankfully learned about “time” early in my life and it has propelled me through adulthood up until now. Over the past 4-5 years, I have certainly noticed a drop in my step. It has been a combination of many things, and none of them surprises to me; most of which having to do with my work. What does surprise me however, is the shear number of co-workers, friends, and acquaintances that all feel the same complacency toward their lives. Is this just a Florida thing, or am I really that unlucky to have hit the mother-load of people who don’t realize that you live past your 70′s in this day and age? Settling down before you even reach the halfway mark sounds a lot more like giving up than “enjoying life”, but this is just one man’s opinion.