Really. Why should you?
It struck me recently that if there’s nothing at stake or if nothing’s at risk in life then you’re living in a curious equilibrium.
The gravity of where you are negates the pull of where you want to be going, resulting in stasis. You don’t move. Things continue as they are. Nothing much changes.
On the surface that might not seem like a big deal, especially if you believe yourself to be perfectly happy where you are. But, as Jonathan Fields pointed out – “There is no coasting. There is no neutral. No sideways.”
Just ask the next space-dwelling-dude you see and he’ll tell you that living in zero-gravity will, over time, result in muscle atrophy. The same goes for you and your life.
Live long enough in a state of equilibrium or stasis and the muscles that support your ability to live a rich, meaningful life will atrophy. I’m talking about your confidence muscle.
The only way to stop that atrophy – that long, slow death – is to make something in your life worth giving a damn about. You gotta care about something so much that it makes you stand up and move. You gotta be engaged enough to raise the stakes and put something on the line.
If nothing’s at stake, just what the hell are you doing?
Tell me, what’s at stake for you? Or maybe you’re in that place of curious equilibrium? Let me know in the comments.