If you’ve been alive in the last 10-15 years, the gospel of positivity has knocked at your door, especially if you’re living in the 1st-world. People have made crazy money at promoting a message of optimism and positive thinking and virtually turned it into another religion, which the world has way too many already.
But somehow we have a strong magnetic pull to always stay safe. Now, I’m not talking about common sense or being thoughtful while making huge, life-decisions. What I am saying is that it’s human tendency to get stuck in a rut because we like predictability. We like to know where we’re going everyday, how we’re getting there and who we’re going to interact.
I love airports delays. Now, I know I’m crazy for loving to sit on the floor anxiously waiting for the speaker above my head to call my flight number, but everything about this crazy wait causes a breakdown in our overly stressed-out, hyper productive society. I love watching how people respond when the gods of the airport disrupt their jam-packed day. There’s nothing they can do; they can’t solve their problem by jumping on their cell, sending an email or raising their impatient voice. The greatest fear of American society hits the entire population of terminal A – boredom. No TV, Internet, friend to pass time away with— no one but their self, their conscience, their soul. They’re trapped with nowhere to turn but inward.
Everyone wants to be successful. It’s grafted into our DNA to want to achieve, to accomplish and add significance to our lives. Even if it’s hard for you to admit that you want to be successful, take a moment to think about it. You may not want to be the next pop star, but you probably want to be a successful parent, successful at your career and successful in relationships.
I wish I had no problems. I’m sure you do too.
But, if you’re alive and you interact with other humans I bet you have a few problems to solve.
They’re everywhere. You can’t avoid them. You try really, really hard to avoid them, make believe they’re not there and in many cases just flat out ignore them. From childrearing, to the business world, mathematics, production and even just ordering something online - problems are in our face all day, every day.