The luxury of being average (4 years later)

If you have been visiting this blog for a while, you may remember one of my popular blog posts back in July 2011 titled, ‘The luxury of being average. Here is an excerpt from it:

Now and then, I wrestle with my fear of being average. I worry that I’ll live an average life that won’t be worth remembering and be just as good or worse than the person that came before. I always want to be better.

Before I go on, let me put a definition of ‘average’ out here. Cambridge dictionary defines ‘average’ as

a standard or level considered to be typical or usual.

I re-read the post recently and my feelings have changed slightly but significantly. I still find easygoing folks a little annoying and I still want to be damn good at what I do. But I have found a way to live with the fact I am not good at everything and that I need to find my niche in life. How am I living with this? Here’s how: The crux of my 2011 blog post was that I felt under a lot of pressure. I know now that I was probably striving for the wrong things. It had very little (if anything at all) to do with average-ness, whether I deemed that to be a curse or a blessing. I wanted to be what other people wanted me to be and that was incredibly exhausting.

Angry or confused face?

When I handed in my resignation this past February, I discovered people find change very uncomfortable and some have certain views on what I am supposed to be and the things I am meant to achieve. To announce that I’m probably not going to achieve those things because I don’t want to is a pill some still have under their tongue and haven’t swallowed. I would say to someone, “hey, I quit my job!” and then they would proceed to tell me why they cannot quit their job. All good information but eh, I haven’t asked you to quit your job! It’s pretty funny to watch/listen to. So…do I still fear being ‘average’? No, not really. I think that regardless of whether I keep up with people’s expectations or not, I will never be average simply because I am who I am. Those decisions and the life journeys I choose to go on are unique to me. Whether or not I succeed on the path I’m on doesn’t change that. And…do I think being average is a luxury? If I define ‘average’ as

not having too much or too little and not aspiring far beyond the current reality

then yes, it could provide the luxury of a content, relatively stress-free existence. As I glance back at the definitions of ‘average’, I know it’s a luxury I cannot afford. Guess I’ll never learn.

Images from flickr user: thejuniorpartner – Angry or confused face?

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My top 3 posts- May 2011 to August 2011

I’m now 67% through the year and the Postaweek2011 challenge. I have written over 70 posts (compared to 30 posts as at the end of April 2011) and received in excess of 6,500 hits this year alone. I do have concerns going forward about:

  • what to write about
  • how long I can really continue to blog
  • how to get better at pulling more traffic

Any tips welcome!

Note that I didn’t blog in June due to workload commitments. So with that in mind and with my concerns aside, I have narrowed down to 3 posts I think are my best ones in the second third of the year. It is based on number of comments and/or likes and personal favorites. They are:

Post 1: The luxury of being average

Post 2:  Arguably the right side of 30

Post 3: How do I cover my butt in this?

However, the post below received over 50% of all traffic to my blog since I posted it on 09 May:

Likely effects of Osama Bin Laden’s death on world economy (we hope)

The post wasn’t particularly well-researched and was based on my own thoughts at the time. But it seemed a lot of people were wondering what will change post-Bin Laden.

Here’s to the next 33% of the year. Cheers!

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