When you grow up you can be, ok, average, struggling, living paycheck to paycheck. When you grow up you can work in a cubicle and live life on a hamster wheel. A treadmill that you'll exhaust yourself on for 45 + years and you *might* have the chance to retire and enjoy a few years living out your dreams, maybe.
Um what? Imagine if that's how our parents talked to us and motivated us when we were kids? They didn't implore us to shoot for average results. At least in my experience, my parents taught me I could be anything, do anything and would achieve greatness if I just worked for it. So then why do so many of us settle for less than what we deserve and what we are capable of? Because we're scared? Because we don't want to fail? Because our culture is that of focusing on a very specific way to live? Maybe some of those things, maybe all of them.
For me, working in a cubicle has NEVER felt normal or ok. It's actually the antithesis of what I had aspired to be when I was younger. Seriously, 17 year old Carly is ready to kick 31 year old Carly's ass for giving up on her dreams of becoming a rockstar artist and graphic designer. But life happens. If I hadn't taken the path that I did, I wouldn't be who I am today and it turns out, I still ended up being a rockstar. I've always been the person to kind of take the long way around my dreams. The path less taken. Or learning the hard way. So ok, I've given cube life a try for a few (ahem 9) years now and it is absolutely, explicitly, wholeheartedly not for me. So I am flipping the script on what I'm "supposed to do" as an adult, and doing what I want. Going into business for myself and working the entrepreneur life full force for the next few years so that I don't have to spend 45 years feeling like my soul is being sucked out of my life.
I think a lot of people think - well so what, that's life. Everybody hates their job. Grow up, we didn't have it easy. This is how it's always been, what makes you different? Well to that I say, so what? I don't care if that's how it's always been, it's not for me. If you keep doing what you've always done, you're always going to get what you've always got. So if you're living paycheck to paycheck or feeling underappreciated and overworked, why continue on that path? Break outside the bubble to create a life of abundance, success and if it doesn't work, the rat race is always there. But for me, success isn't a one time destination, it's a way of life. And it's an uphill journey to get there, but wouldn't you rather walk uphill for a few years as opposed to a lifetime??