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Is It Ever Okay to Settle?

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:44pm
I think we settle everyday to some extent. This White Chocolate Mocha doesn't have enough whip cream...oh well, it's okay. This dress doesn't fit right, but I like the color, I guess it's good enough. Everyday, all the time, we're settling.

I hear people complaining that they aren't working their dream job. They can't stand the person they married. I even see a lot of people that have made every life decision based on what would make their friends and family happy. It seems a lot of people are living lives by default.

And I get it. People want to fit in, so they follow the standard guidelines for life...college, marriage, kids, death. Everyone can't grow up to be fairy princesses and superheros. Sometimes you have to be realistic and do what you have to do.

But where do you draw the line? At what point does settling turn into giving up?

When you're old and gray and looking back at your life, do you want to spend it regretting the life you wished you lived? There are always options better than settling for a life that's good enough.

If you want to go have a child on your own, go for it! If you want to shock your friends in Yuppieville and marry a truck driver, hop in the rig, head over to Vegas and elope. Don't wait until whatever your deadline event is to start living. It's trite and corny to say, be really and truly, life is just too short.
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