No one wants to live a boring life. This is the primary reason we get so frustrated at how mundane or uninteresting our lives are compared to others. We hear stories of people selling everything they have and moving to Africa or people starting a social enterprise business that takes off—and we think to ourselves, “Why can’t my life be that epic?”
If you’ve ever been frustrated by your mundane existence, let me share a piece of encouragement today: Your life may be more epic than you think.
A few weeks ago, I ran across an encouraging article from RELEVANT Magazine based on a parable from G. K. Chesterton. The parable tells the story of two boys who are granted a wish. Wanting something epic, the first boy wishes to become a giant, but quickly realizes that being larger than life doesn’t make his life more fascinating. The second boy wishes to be shrunken down to half an inch high. As you can imagine, from his new point of view, everything seems magnificent and epic.
The lesson: Living an epic life depends more on your perspective than your predicament.
Most people miss the call to live an epic life because they never change their perspective. They assume that living an epic life can only happen if you do something outrageous like moving to a foreign country or quitting your job and taking a three-month road trip across the country. However, living an epic life is not so much about some sort of extraordinary adventure as it is intentionally seeking to make the most of the ordinary, everyday interactions.
If you want to start living a more epic life, start by changing your perspective. Learn to appreciate the beauty in the day-to-day. Make every day an adventure. Oftentimes, it’s the small, seemingly ordinary things in life that can serve as the catalyst for a life of adventure.
Your life is more epic than you think. Sometimes all you need is a change of perspective to see it.
What is the one thing in your life that could be epic if you just changed your perspective?