Why Do We Always Want More?

Published on Apr 15, 2019

Figuring out life is hard! Not everything goes to plan. Not all your goals are met. It's downright messy. There's no easy way around success or good habits. Everything takes effort, discipline and thought. But why is that?

Recently I've been pondering why I find it so hard to achieve what I want, despite the fact that I am so fortunate. I get to work and travel, and yet I still feel extremely unbalanced, wanting and expecting more from myself.

Why is it that when we reach a pinnacle there's always just a new one soaring even higher above? Why can't we just be happy with what we have? Are the things I want really better than the things I already have? Or am I just trained to be dissatisfied with what I have now?

I'm trying to figure this out as best I can in a non millenial-life-crisis sort of way but honestly that's exactly what it is. Too much privilege, too much time left to ponder, and too many opportunities to go after...

If there's one thing I genuinely feel I want to do, it is to help make the world a better place. And yeah, that does sound dumb and maybe a little conceited, but how else can I put it?

I care about our environment, I want us to build better cities, have more green space and reduce pollution. I want to reduce waste and figure out better ways to recycle, and save our forests. I want to help more people reach their goals and be happy and healthy. And I would love to use my software and web development skills to make that happen, but just saying all of this makes me feel stupid.

A lot of people say it's best to write down your goals as they're 70-something % more likely to happen. Maybe that's true, and maybe this post a cathartic step towards figuring it all out, who knows  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

I'd love to hear from you: should we be more humble or should we shoot for the stars?