Updated: Feb 14, 2020
I didn’t grow up in the best neighborhood; in fact, Camden, New jersey was ranked in the top 5 of most dangerous cities in the United States, most recently in 2015. In 2006, Camden has an unemployment rate of a staggering 52% and a median income of 18k, at the time, making it America’s poorest city.
You maybe wondering why I am bringing this up:
While growing up in that environment, I’ve gotten to see my share of violence, drugs, crime, poverty, and stagnation. Survival and stagnation that was due to socioeconomic circumstances, yes, but also some being content in those circumstances. That being said, contentment isn't exclusive to poverty and thriving vs just merely surviving is a choice.
You can be content and still thrive, and be content and just surviving. Understand, there is nothing wrong with being content, but merely surviving I believe is us doing a disservice to ourselves and each of our unique abilities.
We all know A LOT of people who want to go here and there, and want to do this and that, but never go or do any of it. A lot of people who just go through the motions, day in and day out with nothing to look forward to. We go for what's "easy", whats "comfortable", often ignoring what really lights us up. Many of us are just surviving, and not sure what it even means or looks like to thrive.
What kind of life is that?
I truly believe in exploration of all kinds; exploration of the world, exploration of yourself, exploration of the things you're truly interested in, and exploration of your potential.
Start with the question, why not?
Why not take that trip?
Why not run that race?
Why not climb that mountain?
Why not be who you're truly meant to be?
I'm not saying thriving is easy, it requires a conscious decision every single day to live with intention and move the needle forward. It's HARD work, but dammit its worth it and you'll thank yourself later for it.
We all have a limited time here on the earth and I believe in getting the most out of it through integrity and intention.
Do you want to thrive? or just survive?