Lessons in Life

Living Outside of the Mediocre

Mediocrity is the enemy of greatness. It’s the voice in your head that tells you to play it safe, to blend in, to not rock the boat.

This was an accidental photo taken while balancing on my paddleboard, holding my phone, and waiting for the mountain to come into view. I often took last-minute paddle board trips to the lake after my trail runs. At the end of my run, I would stop at the lake on the way back and realize that I should be on the water instead. So I would run home and pack up my board on top of my car and head to the lake.
I took a lot of risks on that paddleboard, holding my phone and waiting for the perfect picture of the mountain, eagles, ducks, or anything else I thought was amusing. This photo shows a slightly awkward pose but captures the feeling of the still-warm sunshine as it begins to set.

Lake Wilderness at Sun Rise – Lake Wilderness Arboretum – Maple Valley, Washington

I have been in a constant battle of trying to avoid the trap of mediocrity. It’s easy to fall into. We get comfortable with what we know, and we don’t want to take risks.
Anything but mediocre is a mindset. It’s the attitude and determination to keep pushing, keep striving, and keep working until you achieve your goals.
I’m not content with the average. I write this as a reminder to myself so I keep moving forward. I know and have experienced taking the risk. My only proof is at the bottom of the Wenatchee River in between Plain and Leavenworth, Washington.

Preverbial Duck Photo – Leavenworth,Washington

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