Grownups and Taking Chances

Have you ever heard the myth of “being a grownup?” Basically, the myth says, you go to school, maybe go to more school – accrue some debt, get a job, buy a car – accrue more debt, start a family, buy a house – accrue more debt, pay your bills, and either die or retire and then die. Obviously, there’s more to it than that, the order can be different, the major events can change, but you get the idea. 
Be a grownup. 

Be an adult. 

Repeat. 
What has that gotten us? Approximately 75% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck (CNN 2013). At least 50% of Americans feel they are underpaid (Monster 2014). 40% of Americans are stressed out and feel stuck with their current job (AOL 2013). The average work week is approximately 47 hours (WP 2014).
Being a grownup is sure fun, right?
What kills me the most about those statistics? It is completely within OUR hands to change them. We are adults. We have the power to define our future. Not our boss, not our bank, and sure as hell not our credit card company. It’s up to us.
Which is why I am further baffled that people are willing to work their entire lives at a job they don’t love and that doesn’t pay them well. They will do the same thing over and over because… why? Why?! Because it’s what we are “supposed” to do? Says who? 
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different outcome. If you continue down the same path of adulthood, day in and day out, nothing will change. There will be no magic shift that will suddenly give you everything you need to be happy. Life doesn’t work that way.
If you want something more, you need to fight for it. You need to take a chance. You need to make a change and invest in YOUR happiness.
“Grownups” are so unwilling to invest in themselves, yet so willing to spend their lives struggling.
Stop it.

Stop it NOW!
I just want to grab a hold of the grownups and shake them! 
I have been blessed to have been taught from an early age, what’s important in life. How to be a kick ass grownup. I may not be perfect at it, but I’m still doing pretty darn good! 
I followed the general “rules” and accrued the required debts. I found a great job that tickles my brain and keeps me invested in the sciences. But I also took a chance. I took a chance, and invested in myself, and started my own health and fitness business. 
Why health and fitness? Because so much of my happiness is related to how I treat my body. Learning what foods make my body feel the best, what exercise makes me strong, and what stretches give me peace. Total wellness. It’s powerful. 
I know I owe so much of my happiness to the chance I took a year and a half ago. I took my life by the reigns, found health, nutrition, wellness, happiness. Then as if by a happy accident, I started to build an army of like minded crusaders who are not only helping others, but now building financial freedom for themselves! We are taking control. We are breaking the cycle. We are breaking the “grownup” mold.
There’s no way we were born to pay bills and die.
We were born to be free.

  

AOL 2013 – http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/03/06/americans-stressed-underpaid-overworked-survey/

CNN 2013 – http://money.cnn.com/2013/06/24/pf/emergency-savings/

Monster 2014 – http://www.monster.com/blog/b/millions-americans-underemployed-0820

WP 2014 – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2014/09/02/the-average-work-week-is-now-47-hours/

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