Life is complex, and modern technology, despite its greatest efforts, has made it more so. We’re assaulted with information, opportunities, challenges and new responsibilities. And it only gets more complicated over time.
In my own life, obligations have mounted. And because of my disposition, I feel the need to actively pursue more. This pursuit comes with a myriad of mistakes, stressors and questions—lots and lots of questions. How do I manage the many roles I play: Father, husband, employee, employer, writer, friend, brother, son? Which comes first? When is it appropriate to take it easy? Am I making the right choices?
While the tools I’ve accumulated and the lessons I’ve learned give me a solid shot to succeed against the onslaught, by no means am I, or anyone, guaranteed success and fulfillment. So why continue this pursuit of more? Why risk instead of relaxing? When a stable existence can be guaranteed by doing less, why do we take on more?
The truth is, this pursuit of more is programmed into us. The evolutionary process to which we’re all genetically predisposed is based on growth and change. And capitalism, our economic and political system, is built on the foundational belief that we want more. Therefore, it’s up to us alone to determine how to harness these desires in a positive, manageable and fulfilling manner.
To me, this all comes down to simplifying our pursuits.