“I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.” – Sean Carter lyric
What is dormant living to you? In this lyric, Sean(Jay-Z) was talking about how living in a low-income housing area was a constant struggle, as the area he was in was packed with people in 20-story buildings next to messed up roads and schools, making for low-quality neighborhoods. He was calling this living experience “living dormant”, because it was like wasted time to be around such conditions, as it was not a conducive environment to becoming a valuable person to society. Later in the lyric he adds, “if this is what I have to live for, I’m going to take the chance to get more.”
Relate His Message To Your Situation
Now, that was his story. If we switch to your story, you may not live in the same type of conditions as he was in at that time. However, I invite you to take a look at if your conditions lend themselves to dormant living. It doesn’t have to be about low-income housing or a certain type of neighborhood as well. Maybe you have some individuals around you who are continually demotivational, or are stuck in a routine that makes you give up on trying something new. Maybe no one in your neighborhood talks much to each other, and so that makes you want to fit in and not talk much or make much noise as well. Maybe you persevere through an occupation that is hectic, but not very involved, so it leaves you little energy to formulate a plan. This could also be the case if you are going paycheck-to-paycheck, as are something like 75% of Americans(survey).
Dormancy And Frustration Are Good Friends
There are many examples of situations that lend themselves to the people in them living in dormancy, and although they differ in look from Sean’s case, the effect is the same. They bring about inaction and a frustration with lack of socioeconomic or self growth. Now, if you are in one of these situations, ask yourself if your time spent living in dormancy is worth anything. Are we satisfied when time passes and we have little to show for it except remaining similar? Most at the top of the socioeconomic ladder would be very disappointed when no growth is to be found. It is in our best interests to think like those at the top of the ladder, because most of us want to be around there.
Think Through The Words
So, then, if that dormancy is “what [you] have to live for”, are you “going to take the chance to get more”? I ask this question somewhat rhetorically, but this is a thought process that is worth traveling through. Most people would instantly reject a proposal that they lead a certain unchanging life for the rest of their days, regardless of how good or bad it is, because not only do we desire certain things we don’t have, we want growth to be related to our usage of time. We want to feel like we were relevant, and that we improved.
Leo Babauta Battled Out Of His Own Dormancy
To relate this to someone in the personal development scene for an example, Leo Babauta seems to fit right in for this topic. Although he wasn’t in the poor urban ghetto like Sean Carter, I can see that his thought process was similar a few years ago. He speaks now about how to go for less, and to focus and so on, but looking at his message-spreading desire now, and the message-spreading ability he had when he started Zen Habits, it is easy to see that, even though he had many children and a loving wife and job, he thought “I’m going to take the chance to get more”, because that was a time of socioeconomic dormancy for him.
He guest posted and wrote more than anyone else early on in the self-help scene, and when you put in more effort, regardless of how good you or your content is, you make it to the top. Now he gets free publicity all over the place regarding how he has 200000 subscribers, or however many it is at the time, and so his site grows faster than any other personal development site can, through exponential gains. He took the chance to get more, and that is what the “more” is. What are some of the chances he took to get more? Some include guest posting when it wasn’t as popular, or picking a short domain name that makes people think it is clever, or other efforts like these.
A Minute Of Dormancy Is A Lost Minute
If your position/condition is not usually satisfactory to you, ask yourself “is this what I have to live for?”, and the answers will come to you quickly. It correctly sets the tone in your mind that a life of whatever you deem as dormancy is not worth spending another second living.