Are You Lazy? No You’re Not. by Joe Reid Kirby III
Long story short, if it’s not something you love, you’re not going to stick to it. Laziness and unhappiness can only exist when you’re doing what you don’t actually want to do. If you’re doing what you love and nothing else, on the other hand, you’ll never feel lazy and will always be happy to do whatever needs to be done to complete the task at hand.
Ever notice how the hours fly by when you’re doing something you love? That state where hours feel like minutes and minutes feel like seconds is precisely where happiness lives. You don’t live there though do you?
Instead, you live at a dead-end job that gives you anxiety from the time you open your eyes in the morning to the time you’re scheduled to clock-in. Once you’ve clocked-in; sucked down as many cups of coffee, or other heavily caffeinated alternatives, as possible; and wasted as many first-hour minutes as you could, before you actually begin a sad combination of ‘working’ and playing hide-and-go-seek with your supervisor; you neglectfully trade-in an average of 6 to 8 hours of your life daily for green-stamped pieces of paper. Can you see why there’s no happiness there?
Many devote their entire young-adulthood to schooling set out to mold them into the mass-producing, corporate-owned machines they are to become. Those who are finding it nearly impossible to muster up the energy to complete career-irrelevant projects; or climbing mountains of research which they’ll soon find that there’s no use for, once they’re in the real-world-field; have the audacity to label themselves as ‘lazy.’
Others spend their days half-assing daunting chores and tasks which could easily be delegated to a more time and energy efficient individual — whom finds those said chores or tasks both delightful and fulfilling.
Have you ever found yourself being lazy doing something you love to do? I didn’t think so. How about ever being unhappy while doing what you love to do? I’m not sure that’s possible either.
We’ve fallen victim to the idiotic ideology that we must do things that we don’t want to do, to have things that we want to have. This illusive imagery of the American Dream, passed-down from generation to generation, has deceived us all. The idea that we are to sit down, shut up, and follow the set rules of those outside of ourselves is simply lunacy. How do we ever expect to find excitement and happiness in that way of living? Real life is on the other side though: standing up, speaking up, and following your heart! If this isn’t how you’ve been living your life, there’s no better time than now to start!
First, we must establish what you love to do, as it is the only thing you see worth doing. What do you love to do? Do you love to write? Do you love to cook? Do you love to travel? Do you love spending time with your children? Well, that’s all you should be doing. Still sound too difficult? Okay, let’s go a bit deeper. If money, and everything related to it, was of no concern, how would you be spending your days? Hold that thought.
Going a little off topic briefly (no worries, I’ll be swinging it back around to my point), which celebrity do you admire most?
Now what does that person do for a living?
Do you think he/she spends any of their time doing anything they don’t want to do?
My point exactly.
We tend to place celebrities upon this podium of heights impossible to reach. On the contrary, we must understand how that individual operates throughout their day. Those whom have achieved the highest levels of their field didn’t do so by wasting precious hours doing things they don’t enjoy. Even those with incredible gifts and talents did not just wake up one day and automatically get promoted to their unbelievable level of success. These people work day-in and day-out only doing and perfecting what they love. They don’t even feel the 12 to 22 hours a day dedicated to their craft. Sometimes they even forget to eat; and the only breaks they take are to the bathroom. Have you ever been so fully immersed in doing what you love to do?
Let me be clear, for those who still don’t get-it. You were not born a “human-doer,” you were born a human-being. You’re here to be you. Simple as that. Governments, religion, and society have all over-complicated that truth. You are not lazy. You were designed only to do what you love to do. Your automatic response as a human-being, when it comes to doing things you find no joy in, will be to not desire to do it. Therefore, your happiness is hidden in all of the things you love to do. Do you want to be happy? Then, do what you love and nothing else.
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