Mediocrity. It is a term with which I am overly familiar. For the majority of my life, I accepted mediocrity in everything and everyone that surrounded me. I accepted it in friendships, in relationships, from my career, in my home. I did not push for anything better, because I did not feel I deserved any better. I made mistakes in my life, and believed that karma played a role in how I was rewarded.
When my last relationship ended, I looked around me and realized that my life had become something of which I was not proud. I started talking to people I admired to learn how they had focused their careers and personal lives. I noticed there was a theme. Every single person wanted a better future. It seems like a simple concept, but really, it was one I had not given much thought. I had often said to myself, “it will not be like this forever,” but I had not determined how to get out of my bubble and work towards real, lasting goals.
As it turns out, when the focus was removed from what was happening around me at the moment and was redirected to what I wanted for my future, every little issue I had found to be so important no longer seemed important. The small-town drama suddenly became just that: drama. I decided to let go of it. I wrote down what I wanted for my life, and got to work.
Many of us are stuck in the vicious cycle of mediocrity, and have resigned ourselves to the fact that this is the best we can do.
There is always work to be done. There are organizations that need your help. There are friends to be made that will support your goals and be proud of the work you do. There is so much noise happening around us that it is easy to forget why we are here. We are here to make the world better for those that follow us. Columbus is no exception.
It is time to stop viewing change as an inconvenience and to view it as an opportunity. You are being given an opportunity to make a difference in a community that so desperately needs it. Of course, it would be easier on Saturday morning to sleep in instead of helping United Way wrap gifts. Absolutely, it would be easier to spend our lunch break scrolling through our phone instead of dropping off a bag of food at the animal shelter. At the end of the day, however, one act of kindness, one change, can make a difference in a life.
We are done with settling for mediocrity. It is time to focus on the change. It is time to focus on the future.
Evie Vidrine, Columbus