Daily Prompt: The Escape Plan

April 3, 2014  – Escape!  Describe your ultimate escape plan (and tell us what you’re escaping from).

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Go to school, get good grades, go to college, again get good grades, graduate, get a good job, get a mortgage…

Sound familiar?

I bet it does.

At some point,every single one of us has considered this path. After all, isn’t it what has been preached to us since childhood? Hasn’t it worked so well for others before us and still works anyway, so…why not?

This conformity to the status-quo is exactly what I seek to escape from.

I have a problem with a one-size-fits-all model of thought that proposes we should all follow a similar pre-defined path. I am not exactly against the path described above, but rather against the linear thought process that suggests this as the one and only path to success. Conforming to this simplistic model just because society dictates it is simply placing a limit on our potential.

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking

Even if I were to find myself in this cycle, the most important thing is realizing that there is always an alternative; this is not the only way. For example, what should I do if I follow this path and stumbleand fall somewhere along the way? Does that automatically sentence me to a lifetime of doom? As a rational human being, I should be able to analyze my circumstances and seek an alternative course of action. This alternate path may not be as obvious or straightforward as the default one I have grown up knowing and so I have to figure it out all by myself. There is no ‘logical’ next step and it is up to me to decide that for myself. This is usually the hard part. But when we come to the realization that there is always another way, we can finally reap the benefits from the abounding possibilities around us. This is the very essence of escape from the chains that bind us to this idea of a routine that must be followed by all.

But why do we still follow this path?

The fear of failure has always been the limiting factor to the achievement of potential. It is true that the risk of failure may be significantly higher than the straight path chosen for us by society, but let’s face it; this path is not meant for everybody. We are too diverse for such a narrow model to define us all and fix us into a handful of careers. It just requires a honest self-evaluation of whether this is for you and if it isn’t, being brave enough to take the path less trodden.

So what is the grand escape plan?

I am of the opinion that this is a purely mental process whose solution lies in a complete mindset shift. The approach I would choose involves:

  • To simply open up my mind to the problems around me and the possibilities that exist to solve these problems
  • To learn as much as I can from others who have successfully broken loose from the status quo defined by society
  • To challenge myself to achieve much more than is considered logical and practical

And to cap it off, a quote from the ever quotable Hank Moody:

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Photo CreditMetaphox , Real Social Dynamics

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