Earlier this month, Garrett and I had the opportunity to see one of his favorite bands: A Perfect Circle.
Before the show, I can’t say I was a fan of the mellow, alt. rock style and dark lyrics.
However, there is something about seeing a band live that can change one’s experience. After hearing some of the new songs that will be on the forthcoming album, I think the more alt. metal style will be more my speed. I also have a greater appreciation for the incredible talent and skill that musicians like Maynard Keenan have honed over 30 years of performing. Live performances are where you can see if the artist has the goods and A Perfect Circle certainly does.
If you’re a new musician attending the show, it might be easy to fall into the comparison trap and think how “you’ll never be good enough.” With 30+ years experience, a new artist shouldn’t compare himself to Maynard. It wouldn’t be fair. Maynard has had thousands of hours of practice to hone his skills.
Yet all too often we might find ourselves comparing our beginning or middle to someone else’s end…and it’s happening everywhere we look.
It happens with personal finance, especially after someone reaches debt freedom or financial independence/early retirement.
It happens with weight loss, especially on social media platforms like Instagram.
It happens with education, as if getting into a particular college makes any difference whatsoever.
It happens with blogging, especially after reading income reports or seeing a blogger make it on a major media outlet.
It happens with stuff, the cars and houses people buy. Why do we really care where other people choose to live or what they buy?
All too often, we compare ourselves to those who we think are similar to us in an effort to measure up or assess our own progress.
All this comparison mess is the result of what I think of as the linear pursuit of anything. I’ve fallen into this trap myself.
The linear pursuit of anything is the equivalent of driving across the US on Interstate 80, thinking you have to stop at the same landmarks that everyone else stops out, as if though the trip was predetermined decades ago by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Guess what? There is no Interstate Commerce Commission for life. There is no one person who got it all right along the way and that person is somehow THE model for the linear pursuit of anything.
There are tons of ways for people to lose weight, save money, make money, etc…
And there are plenty of blogs out there from people at the beginning, middle, or end of their journeys who will tell you what they’ve done and what they aspire to do next.
That’s way I’m bringing you personal finance stories in December. These personal finance stories from other bloggers represent other ways of looking at personal finance from those who are just starting their journeys and from those who have reached their end goals and are trying to figure out what’s next.
My hope in sharing these stories is that you’ll find a new blog to engage with, something that resonates with you and where you are, and perhaps something that inspires you to keep going on your own personal finance journey.