Before I begin my main rant, here is a mini rant: WordPress, I do not speak American English! Stop taking the ‘u’ out of my colour!!
Motivational speeches are one of my biggest pet peeves. How can one possibly be motivated to change for the better after hearing a speech which starts and/or ends with ‘be the change you want to see in the world’? (don’t worry Gandhi, you’re still great)
I have never heard a motivational speech or read a motivational article which has actually, well, motivated me. The only thing these so-called life guides manage to do is make me feel grossly inadequate about my own lifestyle and achievements. Motivational speeches teach you how to be ‘perfect’. They give you step-by-step instructions on how to be the perfect student, how to achieve your dreams, that you can ‘do anything if you believe’. Well you know what, bottomless internet void? That is complete and utter bullshit. Now anyone who has read my previous posts knows that I am a huge advocate for stepping out of the societal mold and achieving great things, but come on! Repeating the rotting, boring quotes and following a step by step life plan will not in any way make your life great.
Modern Day Motivation creates the image of the ‘perfect person’. Now, I’m sure you know, Bottomless Internet Void, all about this perfect person. This is the person who has a color coded weekly planner and labeled refrigerator contents. This is the person who never has a wrinkle on their shirt. This is the person who woke up at four in the morning to exercise and make homemade muesli because they have this amazing superpower which allows them to be a morning person. Now I hate to break it to you, but this type of person is rare. But wait! That is not a bad thing. Do you want to know why? Well, as a society, we seem to be coming to grips with this little thing known as individuality. This is the fact that everyone is different, and has a different way of getting things done. Everyone has different routines (some people have none) and everyone has different preferences. If we all became products of Modern Day Motivation, we’d be a very boring bunch indeed.
So, Bottomless Void of the Internet, I present to thee, a few of my motivational tidbits:
- Want motivation to study? No. Either study or don’t. Open your book or continue to read some random person’s ramblings.
- Want to become more productive? Stop browsing the internet and go finish your homework.
- Want to achieve your life goals? Start working
You can follow every single step-by-step life changing plan you come across, but your life is going to fuck some things up. You can not plan your life around a set of generic instructions written by someone who knows nothing about you.
Now I’m not saying that you should throw yourself into the deep end and not have any goals or aspirations. I’m just saying that Modern Day Motivation is one dimensional and your life is a beautiful, complex, painful and ever changing multi-dimensional thing.
Bottomless Void of the Internet, this is your life, not a homework task. It’s an adventure, not a meticulously planned spreadsheet. Go live it.