I was about to start quoting Bowie but then I got sad… So I’m gonna get right into the post to avoid all the emotions…
There’s such a huge stigma, almost, around the idea of bettering ourselves. I see a lot of these campaigns, blog posts, ideas, books, TV shows, etc. and I see a great mode of change.
When boiled down to it, life as we know it is all about change. Life is about growing, changing and expanding, passing on these changes to our children, to pass to their children, and so on. And by no surprise, we’ve carried this constant theme of change into our modern day societies, but now change is not only on a global development scale, but on a personal one, too.
All around, we are surrounded by encouragement of change. Which can be a wonderful thing. But it can also be detrimental to us, as people.
You do not have to change all at once.
All these magazines and books and YouTube videos that encourage this self-improvement and betterment, all these inspirational Pinterest quotes about change, all make us think that if we can’t change now, then don’t do it at all.
Or at least, that’s what I get from all of it.
And it puts us off. Consciously or sub-consciously, these messages about quitting cold turkey, throwing in the towel and up and moving without so much as a word, can be really harmful. This society of change-or-quit (not so catchy, but it works) lifestyles can make us average Joe’s with a below-average motivation scale feel so put off, and almost not good enough. It makes us feel like if we can’t just stop the bad habits, and start being healthy, start being positive, start… whatever instantly, and change our lives, then it’s just not worth it.
My point is, whatever it is you want to do, but keep putting off because you don’t think you can just yet, just bloody do it.
And I don’t mean right now, this minute, change your entire life. It’s impossible to do that, really. No one can do that. It’s just not real life. I mean, make a start.
Even if you can’t afford to right now, feel like you don’t have the motivation right now, don’t have the ideas, the whatever… just.. make a start. Whether that’s opening a savings account, starting a YouTube channel, starting a blog, changing your diet, improving your stress and happiness levels, going to therapy, moving away from a bad friend, anything you want to change about your life, you can do it. But don’t let the lifestyle gurus tell you that you have to do it all right this second.
You have time, work your way there, and you can do anything.