It’s not hard to imagine that by living in a world dominated by cultural ‘idols’ who people follow on social media, in the press and in everyday life, that people are envying the lifestyle they live. Why though?
Now, obviously the concept of being well off is a good thought like being able to afford anything you want, yet after a while is this not going to end up tedious? It’s a strange place to start but adventure time has an episode where they get super rich but then once they’ve got all the stuff they want, they get bored and don’t know what to do. It’s actually rather simple; we strive for things we want and it’s a matter of choosing certain things to aim for because it means we don’t get handed stuff on a plate. If you really want something you have to work for it, that’s how it should be.
People who have fame have worked for it but there’s no need to envy their success due to the materialistic lifestyle that they then choose to live. For me, the greatest of people to envy are those who achieve success but continue working and striving for happiness for that is the true success. To be happy is to appreciate everything you have and to recognise that by being surrounded by those who love you and to understand that it’s memories and good times that you’ll look back on at your life, not the success on your instagram page. It’s a pretty messed up generation we’re leading into but it’s by going on your own path that you can see life isn’t to be taken for granted, you have to work hard to get what you really believe is the purpose of your own life.
Reading a book called ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus lead me to realise it is at the end of our lives that people actually see that they were happy and that the simple life people so often think is what we need to get out of is actually the most interesting and intrinsically fulfilling so perhaps we should appreciate it more and take a moment to look around at what’s around us because we clearly don’t, phones have became centre points for communication.
So, take a moment, appreciate it. Take each day as it comes because no matter what you’re doing, it’s probably a lot better than you think.