Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui wrote a beautiful essay where she asks, “What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?” The essay is calming and quiet and gives permission to take things more slowly. I hope you get to read it. 

I’d love to discuss it with you, because even though I enjoyed it, as I read, I found myself disagreeing with her concept of mediocre. The life she’s describing is familiar, but I don’t see it as mediocre in any way. It’s a life full of love and of time spent on things she’s passionate about. She describes it as plain, but it’s actually full of envious accomplishments (like a decades-long happy marriage). It seems like almost anyone could be content with her version of a mediocre life.

In fact, I think the calm, unhurried life she describes is the end goal that many people are working toward. Perhaps it’s even the ultimate sign of success. I know that for me personally, when I think about work-life balance, the idea is all wrapped up with time — and having enough of it to gracefully and calmly go about my day.

It makes me wonder about some of the strange ways we talk about success and simplicity. If you get a chance to read it, I’d love to hear what kind of reaction you have. How do you describe success for yourself these days? Is it about money? Power? Determining your own schedule? Being happy? Being content? And what would a “mediocre life” look like for you?


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