5 Reasons to Give Up On Your Dreams (and Resign Yourself to a Life of Quiet Desperation)

We all have those days. But for some of us, those days turn into weeks, and those weeks into months, and those months into years. You begin to ask yourself:  why bother?

Should you even bother? It’s not an easy question to answer. Not after all this time. You already have so much invested.

Let’s consider a few good reasons to give up on your dreams.

"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. – Henry David Thoreau "

1. It’s just too hard.

There’s too much to do. It’s not always fun. Sometimes it’s the exact opposite of that. Sure, JFK International Airport wasn’t built in a day, and no one has ever achieved anything without working for it (inheritance and lottery wins don’t count as achievement). In fact, anyone who has ever succeeded at anything progressed incrementally, one step at a time. Everyone from Alexander the Great to Bill Gates to Matthew McConaughey.  But doesn’t that sound awfully tedious?  It’s not as if a full day’s work and a job well done have any value in and of themselves. Oh, it’s about the journey? Whatever you say, hippy!

2. They were right about you.

Everyone has been expecting you to fail since day one, and it would be inconsiderate to disappoint them. Remember when you were snidely asked if you’d “made your first million yet”? You hadn’t, not even close! And isn’t that the sole reason for doing anything at all, to make one million dollars? Anything less ought to be chalked up as sad, humiliating failure.

3. You’re just not good enough at what you do.

To be fair, you’re a lot better than you were when you started, and you get better every day, but how long will that continue? You’re bound to start levelling off any day now. Your brain is running out of space and it’s starting to squeeze out other vital information. How did you even expect to succeed without being an expert from the beginning, anyway? What a dummy!

4. All those great TV shows aren’t going to watch themselves.

Life is short, and you’ve watched every episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys only two times at most. Remember the episode where Hercules fights a giant chicken? If you don’t watch Orange is the New Black for thirteen hours straight, a careless stranger on the internet might spoil the ending for you. Did you watch Extant yet, that new show starring Halle Berry? Critics say it’s mediocre, but maybe they’re wrong. Better get on it!

5. Nothing really matters anyway.

You are adrift in a cruel and indifferent universe, a universe vast and expanding. Relative to its expansion, you get smaller every day. Your feeble, fragile existence grows increasingly insignificant. One day the sun will go out. How will your meagre accomplishments survive the heat death of the cosmos? They will not. Why not chill out about it, and have a beer? Dancing with the Stars is on at 8 EST.

But maybe you’re not convinced, and want to keep going. If that’s the case, and you’re not ready to throw in the towel, check out 5 Best Ways to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving Forward with Your Business or Blog

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