This is a public service announcement for anyone who wants to live a sane life.
So unless you’ve been living in a cave, I’m sure you’ve heard about the movie, Despicable Me; so you’re familiar with those cute little creatures, the minions. Anyway, in the past year, I saw a meme on Facebook, featuring the minions, and it read: “Why do they want us to think outside the box? Is there something in the box they don’t want us to know about? What’s in the damn box?”
Well, I can tell you what’s in that damn box: it contains our schedules, our routines, our mindless tasks; all of which are necessary at times, but can also be dull, boring and mind-deadening. Being inside the box is the same as continuing to live our lives in the dreaded comfort zone. The box, and even our comfort zone (weirdly enough) also contain all that old emotional baggage, regrets, and living in the past mentality that keeps us from living a sane life.
So outside the box is what happens when we step out of our comfort zone and into our discomfort zone. That’s where the magic begins. It’s when we reach for that dream that’s been in our heart since we were a kid. It’s when we explore life’s possibilities and stretch our wings. It’s when we let go of our fears, regrets, anger, and resentment – freeing ourselves from the crap that holds us back and keeps us from growing.
This is particularly important when we get older. Why? Well, we have no idea when our time on earth will be done. And I don’t know about you, but I’d like to live a kick-ass life before I kick the proverbial bucket. A common ageist stereotype is that we’re over the hill at 40. 40! Are you kidding me? I just wrote and published a book, and I’m the big 6-0. Age is no excuse to hide in that box. At 40, 50, 60 and beyond, we should be running (or at least walking) up the next hill, trying new challenges, feeding our brain cells, and adjusting our sails to face the changes that aging brings.
So if you want to live a sane life, simply claw your way out of the box, like I did. Sure, I broke a few nails doing it, but hey, it was worth it.
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