It’s not just about quitting your job to travel the world.
Live your best life. It’s a message that someone is trying to sell me everywhere I look. Every Instagram user, YouTube star, blogger, or any other internet “personality” seems to be constantly pushing the idea that I’m not currently living your best life, but I could be.
Now, I don’t have any problem with idea that you should try to live your life to the fullest and do what makes you happy. It’s just that the idea of the “best life” that everyone seems to be selling is the exact same life: quitting your job, starting your own business, traveling the world.
But what if that’s not your idea of your best life?
Obviously, not everyone can live this lifestyle. It’s just not feasible. Nor does everyone want to. So why does the “quit your job and travel the world” model seem to be the most popular one for what it means to live your best life?
What about all the other options for a good life?
What does it really mean to live your best life?
To me, living your best life can’t be easily defined by one occupation or pursuit. What makes a good life is highly personal and individual.
For some, quitting their job, starting their own business, and traveling the world while living out of a suitcase is their idea of their best life. If that’s the case, then good for you! We live in a time where that is easier to do than ever.
For someone else, maybe living their best life involves finding a partner and starting a family. Maybe it means working a stable, 9–5 job with structure and routine. Maybe it means having enough free time to pursue a hobby or passion that they don’t want to turn into a career.
I think that “living your best life” really comes down to living a life that brings you fulfillment. There is no one-size-fits-all to living a good life, and that’s a good thing. If everyone’s life looked the same, that would be boring.
In the end, there is no right or wrong way to live your best life. If your idea of a good life goes against what’s popular, that’s okay. (Unless your best life involves murder, then you are wrong and should feel bad.)
For me, I still haven’t quite figured out what my “best life” looks like. And I’m trying to learn to be okay with that. I also am realizing that your idea of what makes your life good can change over time, and what makes for a good life at one point might not work at another.
And what about you, what does your best life look like?
Grace Carlson is a writer from Washington. She writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and the occasional poem. She also writes articles on travel, mental health, writing, and books. Sometimes she’s funny, or at least that’s what her mom says. Visit her blog, A Passport And A Pencil.