There is a difference between setting a goal, and setting an ultimatum for yourself.
There are a million and more challenges on the internet, like this fitness challenge in the picture below:
We decide to follow some challenges – because everyone is doing it. I posted the above picture on my facebook profile as motivation for myself, because my current fitness regimen is flickering and dwindling. It was an ultimatum for myself 🙂 Yet it has spurred on some reflection and pondering about crowdsourcing and the current stream of technological ‘hand holding’ and aspirations of fitness .
There are awesome pictures which we share over our social media platforms as an attempt to help us ‘Live better’. People surf more than they read. Headlines need to be catchy and the current fad of writing articles consisting of Hacks (tips and tricks to make everything simpler) is a ‘go-to’ at this point in time. Food hacks, hijabi hacks, wardrobe hacks, cleaning hacks, organizing hacks, garden hacks… everything previously without a shortcut now has one, and is renamed a ‘hack’.
Life has been tweaked for optimized functionality. Lets hack life and do some challenges?
While many people are filling up their pinterest boards, with hopes of grandeur – Online visions boards of baking the best cakes, making the healthiest meals, being the best mom, planning the perfect wedding, having the the most amazing house – Some of individuals stare at the screen wondering ‘Will any of this actually reach a point of fruition?’
Have we upgraded our daydreams to a platform that is now more visually tangible to share with others? Or are we now peeking into the daydreams of other people and crowdsourcing from them?
Set a goal for yourself. Learn a skill. Step outside. Get your hands dirty. Unplug from the Internet.
Turn off your smartphone – It will not kill you.
But it seems that before many go off on an adventure, they look for a way to derive the maximum output by finding a hack as an adventure pre-requisite.
Newsflash : you can’t hack life. But information makes the world so much kinder to live in. It curbs the anxious insecurity of the unknown.