I feel slightly agitated just reading today’s quote. Really, if you feel like this it’s time to relax.
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want, and live all the lives I want.
This quote fills me with dread, really. It’s exposing the depths of Sylvia’s mind, and if you have ever felt like this, you will understand the dread. It’s the most manic of mindsets – feeling completely inadequate, and overwhelmed. Wanting to experience everything all at once, and whatever you do not being enough.
Far too many of us live our lives like this in the modern world. We put far too much pressure on ourselves, we want everything; all of it. And, when, obviously, we realise we can’t have it all, we are overwhelmed, and probably experience despair.
So, maybe time to just stop and think about what you do have? Is the job you have that bad. Do you need that new job, need that promotion? Is the life you are living not enough? Or are you just having a ‘wobble’?
Do you feel the need to read everything, all of the books? Whilst knowledge is great, and a thirst for knowledge is to be admired, reading just one book is fine. Reading two books a month is great, and reading one every six months is also fine. Don’t set yourself unrealistic targets in life. Having something to work towards is great, but having to overstretch yourself to get there is not.
We can’t have it all. We can’t do it all. And we don’t have to.