If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
It wasn’t long when I started writing this blog post until I realized there a lot of duck-based analogies/metaphors, like a LOT.
I live above a pond/canal so I like to watch the ducks a lot and I’ve formulated a theory; my duck theory is that we as people are all walking around cool calm and collected during our daily lives but under the surface were paddling like crazy just trying to get along kind of like a duck.
I think people today and especially people my age have become experts in making it look like we know what were doing but really deep down were a fiery ball of chaos. I’m sure it’s a mix of influence from our parents who have always seemed to have their ducks in a row and a mix of pressure to be successful in todays world. But hey, I’m not the psychologist in the family 😉
I’m sure a lot of people would agree me. Everyone and I mean everyone has their own shit going on down below the surface and yes, some of us hide it much better than others. It’s only since I’ve started to be open and honest about my mental health with others that I’ve seen that I am most definitely not alone in my struggles. Were all in the same boat.
Baby ducks are known for following mommy around for safety, never breaking away from the group. People are like this too, following someone who seems to have their life together and to throw another few animals into the mix, I think it’s very easy to become a sheep. It’s so easy to just follow everyone else, so easy to do what everyone else is doing, too easy to compare your journey with that of others and very easy to go on a path someone else has gone just because you thinks that what you SHOULD be doing and to that I say, BULL.
I didn’t end up on mainland Europe at 26 years old by chance. No, I took a leap, I made a decision that I never thought I’d make. I always thought to myself; ‘my friends and family are working in their careers and becoming successful young adults, I have to be the same’. NOPE, that’s not true. I took the leap to continue my education in my mid 20’s, I chose to take out a loan and to invest in myself (and I wholeheartedly believe that I will be a millionaire by the 35 because of this), I chose to improve myself as a person and as a professional and BEJAYSUS I think it’s working out quite well if I do say so myself.
So what I’m trying to say is, even though people in your life may look like they’ve got their shit together on the outside, most likely under the surface they are paddling like nuts just to stay afloat.
Stop comparing yourself to others, live your own journey and when someone tells you otherwise just let it roll off like water off a ducks back.
Love Shauna xoxo
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