“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?” – Steven Wright
I thought this was an appropriate, if a little over the top, stab at the relentless pursuit of perfection. I say it’s time to be thankful for just being good enough. The marriage one is my favorite.
“It’s not enough to have a job, you need to have a career: a planned long-term work path providing satisfaction, a top income, and status enabling you to ‘make a difference’.
It’s not enough to be healthy and fit, you need to have your optimal body mass index, the physique of a body builder, and the aerobic capacity of a marathoner.
It’s not enough to have a happy marriage, you need to be as ‘connected’ as conjoined twins and have mind-blowing sex three times a week.
It’s not enough to be a good parent who raises good kids in a nice home, you need to be a combination Mr. Rogers and Martha Stewart raising a child who’s equal parts Mozart, Einstein, and Tiger Woods in a home that rivals Versailles.
It’s not enough to save as much as you can, you need to invest half your income so brilliantly that you can send you kid to Yale, hire a live-in caregiver for your mother, and retire to a luxury condo in the Sunbelt … early.
It’s not enough to be able to make dinner for your family, you need to be a gourmet chef. It’s not enough to have clean appropriate clothing, you need to be a fashionista. It’s not enough to have a vehicle that’s safe and reliable, you need to drive a Navigator with a Mini towed behind as a lifeboat.”
– Stephen M. Pollan
What do YOU think? Leave a comment and join the conversation.
Get Free Updates to The Rat Race Trap by Email here or via a reader in the top left sidebar. I would love to have you on board.