Under the Yoke of Comfort

We Americans obsess over comfort, and we’ve highjacked the American Dream and transformed it into the American Comfort. We work the nine to five to invest in the comfort of daily life. We contribute to social security, health insurance, and the 401k. We drive 35 miles between work and our commitments. We then sit back in our recliners and watch five hours of television each day. Do you see where I’m taking this?

The problem is comfort never helps us achieve our goals or live out our dreams. And worse, comfort masks our complacency. Our dreams fade to the periphery as we worry over the cable bill and the other stack of comfort induced bills.

At some point we have to come to the realization comfort won’t make us happy. We have to be willing to take risks.  After all, everything meaningful in life requires risk.  Think about it. We never just drift towards fulfillment. We never comfortably find ourselves living out our dreams.  

I enjoy modern American comforts more than most, because I’ve experience life without those comforts. In the end, however, I’m willing to sacrifice comfort because I know where I’m headed and I don’t want anything to hold me back from living an impactful and meaningful life.

What is it you truly want out of life, and what comfort are you willing to sacrifice to obtain that which you desire?