Written By Kirsten Wreggitt
I’d like to think I formed my own beliefs but more often I found I simply adopt the beliefs of my family and culture. It isn’t because I didn’t want to think for myself; it’s because it’s downright hard to hear anything above the noise of the world! We truly can’t even hear ourselves think.
Deep inside I knew that I was battling with the current belief system. I didn’t identify with many things people were pursuing, things they were chasing, or ways they wanted to live. It all just made me tired. I needed to slow things down and turn off the noise so I could think for myself.
You can’t run around with no beliefs. So many of our daily decisions are put through the filter of our belief system. Without clarity on what my heart wanted I was struggling to make decisions. I decided to take a deep dive and the time needed to get clarity on what I held true.
It took a while. I read a lot, I wrote a lot, and I went on many long walks to think a lot. My belief system slowly formed in phrases here and there and I sifted through all of those sound bites and found a single one that summed it all up. In the end my beliefs could be summed up by this: the average life is extraordinary.
That single sentence doesn’t seem like much. In fact you might be asking yourself how it could even be true. I realized that also and I didn’t believe it at first either. After all, that would mean that all the effort I have been putting into achieving my goals and dreams would be wasted, right?
I want more than an average life.
Over time, the more I thought about the ramifications of this sentence the more I saw the truth in it. Most of us are average, and we are expending huge amounts of energy and money to fight against it every day. We are so busy striving, sweating, dieting, reading, studying, primping, and prodding. So much effort and focus is being placed on how we could be more.
The fight is making me tired. I am not focusing on what I already have. I am not enjoying the present moment and I may just strive my entire life away without ever taking notice! This one little sentence was the core belief I heard when I shut off the noise of our culture. I decided to write the Average is Extraordinary Manifesto: How Your Life Is Anything But Mediocre.
Creating my own manifesto made decision making easier (not to mention getting out of bed each day). Having my beliefs in front of me gives me grounding when the world around me shakes and it is my line in the sand to live my life by my beliefs and not those of the world. I have found my own beliefs from the small voice that is hard to hear under the noise of the world.
Thank you for reading,
“Average lives can be extraordinary.” —Kirsten Wreggitt
Kirsten Wreggitt grew up in a small town but her big heart and curious mind have taken her on a few journeys. Each change shaped her view of the world and she shares that through her writing. She has written her manifesto “Average is Extraordinary: How Your Life is Anything But Mediocre” and a memoir “Before I Let You Go: Stories for My Grown Son” which will be available November 27, 2017. Other pieces of her writing can be found on her blog at www.kirstenwreggitt.com.
She currently lives, writes, and works in Calgary, Alberta.
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