Life as a Marathon

I’ve been writing in a journal, but recently decided that it would be better to publish my thoughts publicly. I haven’t been posting much on social media, and my life has been a bit more private. I put my head down for the last few months, and grinded, and recently have been slowing down, and taking some time to relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

For some time now, I have been often thinking about life as a marathon, and how big a factor consistency is in achieving long-term fulfilment and sense of purpose/meaning. Most of us wake up on days with no goal in mind. When this happens, your day is full of infinite possibility. Anything can happen. I could purchase a flight to around the world, or go on a few days vacation nearby, spend the day at a cafe, or stay-in and play games. I realized that for most of my life, I have been drawn to this infinite possibility.

The problem here is the imbalance of infinite possibility and actually getting something done. For me personally, this applied mostly in relationships and jobs. If I stay single, I have a near infinite pool of girls that I could potentially date. Inversely, if I settle for a job, I could miss out on a better job.

There’s a sweet-spot here, that I haven’t algorithmically drawn out, but some people have. The popular book, Algorithms to Live by, wrote an interesting theory about a 37% rule, where after you see 37% of the options you have, you should settle with the next choice you are happy with. related article It’s an interesting read, but does not apply in all cases.

I have been thinking more about trying to change my perspective about this. I want to be able to gauge my options, and not be lured by the infinite possibility, but have the courage to make potentially dangerous, risky decisions that could have life-changing implications. To make decisions rooted in courage, optimism, patience, self-awareness, and truth.

 

Paul

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