I was reading a blog by another writer who mentioned (among other things) what I blogged about last week—comparing ourselves to others.
One thing she mentioned was that it’s okay to be in the middle because if you’re too high up on the success chart, it’s a major stress to keep yourself up there and constantly struggle to maintain that level of success.
I started thinking about that. Is it really okay to be in the middle? I mean, certainly, there’s nothing wrong with it. Most of the world is in the middle. But I guess the question is, should we fight and scratch to get to the top? Is it worth it? And what happens if and when we get there? Do we find ourselves empty, with no apex to strive for (as this other writer implied)? Or, once we get there, do we use that success to move laterally to other successes and actually get new and awesome experiences? Like celebrities who use their enormous success to do other things.
For example, a movie star who cuts an album. Or actors who write books or (gag me) get cooking shows. Or start their own clothing lines. Or put out perfume or makeup. You might think, shit, this person already has a successful acting career, why does she need to write books, too?
I guess the answer is, once you’ve gotten to the top of the mountain, you need to climb other mountains. I’d probably be one of those people because I’m never satisfied with one experience. I get bored. Even within the realm of writing, I get bored and I have to try my hand at different genres.
But for me, I wouldn’t mind getting to the top of the mountain. It doesn’t have to be Mt. Everest or the Himalayas. I’d settle for the Catskills or the Poconos, even.
How about you?