My immediate response to them is, "You can do it, too!" This is met with a roll of the eyes and a very sarcastic, "Riiiight."
Our culture has become all about maintaining the comfort zone. We opt for ready-made, delivered pizza because it's an inconvenience to go to the grocery store. We avoid trying out for that marathon we have on our bucket list because the couch looks more inviting. We insist on tuning into The Real Housewives of Mars (or wherever it's set, now) because we've become accustomed to watching other people's lives instead of living our own.
We have become a culture dependent upon comfort. What results is boredom. And jealousy.
People do not get jealous of comfortable, safe lives. They are jealous of the uncomfortable stuff. The stuff that is scary to sign up for. The stuff that you can really fail at, but you try anyway.
I don't want to yammer on too much, because I think you guys have heard it all before. All I have left to say is:
- Buy that plane ticket!
- Sign up for the marathon!
- Submit applications to your dream job!
- Sail the seven seas!
- Go after a dream!
- And dammit, live life (uncomfortably)!
"We won't get far/ flying in circles inside a jar" -- Death Cab For Cutie