Mindfulness: On Comfort & Security

Daily Origami is a way for us to record our off the cuff thoughts, feelings and observations about the world around us. Published every weekday, Monday through Friday.

Ivan here.

One evening as we were laying in bed, I turned to Jennie and said,

“You know, if I got everything I ever wanted, immediately, I think I’d be horribly depressed.”

“What do you mean?” she asked.

“I mean, if someone came and told me I'd never have to worry about money again, and the rest of my life would be one smooth, predictable glide path to ever greater success - I think I’d kill myself.”

Imagine a world in which everything in our economy was automated. Doesn't that sound lovely? More time to read all the books we’ve been meaning to read, to write, to make music, and to express ourselves in all sorts of wonderful ways.

Source:   Flickr

Source: Flickr

But what would there be to express? From what struggle would art come from? How many times can we sing Everything is Awesome before we sink back into comfort and routine? Side note: when you consider the context in which the song is used in the LEGO movie, how Orwellian is it that we find it so catchy?

Jennie and I are very comfortable in Los Angeles, bordering on complacent. We’re trying to make the best of it while we’re here, to explore everything we can, though it doesn't always work out.  

But one thing’s for sure: without the prospect of our RTW trip and all the work surrounding it, we would both be extremely unhappy.

What are we supposed to do? Put in a downpayment for a mortgage, buy a rental property or two, pop out a few kids, and - then what?

If two characters walk into a room and already know what their story is going to be, why even bother?