Racing to outdo another.
Trying to be ahead each time.
Speeding to reach the top.
Dashing about 24 hours a day.
Battling a war with others and ourselves.
Sounds familiar, I am sure. Let us admit that sometime, somewhere, we were part of this mindless game we tried to pass off as ‘life’. I have been there too. But that was so many years ago that it seems like a history lesson from my life’s texts. Yet this realisation did not come without a price.
The price when I weighed it with the time, energy, and effort it took to maintain that contest, was simply not worth it at all. I got the prudence and wisdom soon enough and fortunately without the wisdom tooth, so I saved myself the agony of a pointless game.
I discovered that I needed to race no doubt but race with myself and my demons. To outdo them rather than others. It did not matter who were in the race with me for I should be my own biggest competition. And have been since.
I understood that staying ahead in my game was important but ahead of what I was the year before and what I was yesterday. That was what was more significant & relevant. And there would be no ‘every time’ because if I was perfect, I would not be human.
The excitement of challenging myself and find that energy within drove me on since the year this wisdom dawned on me. I have been asked by many what it is that drives me on, what it is that keeps me animated, what it is that helps me sparkle. All who know me would agree that it is not the looks, which I do not have. It is not the money which has never been there but has always been enough. It is not the fame which is only that which I have amongst my friends and which I have worked hard to earn.
So, it is just that ‘going for the jugular’ has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
Try encouraging friends. Attempt to cheer a colleague. Asist your mate in the next project. Inspire others around you by being selfless. Persuade thoughts with honesty. Raise the bar of work ethics each time you are in a workplace.
You will never be indispensable and always replaceable everywhere (except with your family) but upgrade the standards so much that your legacy is remembered for decades and becomes the talk for generations.
Let that be the new meaning. Redefine, rewrite, redo!