What We Can Learn From How Animals Live
When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I think about is what I have planned for the day. It usually has a similar structure depending on what day or time of year it is.
For example, if it’s September, I’m probably going to school, coming home, going to the gym, getting back and working on some sort of personal endeavor (yes, I shower after the gym but I didn’t think I had to mention it). If it’s the summer, I’m probably going to work, coming home, playing basketball and working on Proprietor Lifestyle (I shower after basketball as well). If it’s the weekend, I’m probably working all day at home, then taking a trip to the mall or to get some food (believe it or not, I eat food as well).
No matter what day of the week or time of year it is, my days are structured to get me closer to where I want to be in life. I’m primarily working towards something I want instead of something I need because I’m lucky enough that my basic needs of life are taken care of.
So the other day I was driving to the train when I hit a red light, I noticed a bird pluck a worm out of someone’s front lawn and fly away. This had me thinking, “I wonder what the bird’s day looks like.” Seriously, what do birds have on their mind when the sun rises? They don’t have to worry about how many likes their Instagram picture from the night before got, whether or not their monthly train ticket expired or which homework assignment is due today. Their sole purpose of living is simple: surviving.
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As humans, we tend to take advantage of how many things are done for us on a daily basis. Most of us don’t need to go out and milk a cow because we can drive five minutes to the supermarket and pay $4 for milk. Most of us don’t need to chop down a tree and create paper from it because we have countless sheets of paper in our home office. Most of us don’t need to re-build our tree dome for shelter because we have a solid roof over our head when we sleep every night.
The bird I saw needs to do all of these. They need to find water to drink, food to eat and a nest they can rest at. Most of us have these provided to us or they’re easily attainable so our focus shifts to other things such as reality TV shows, social media and other things that don’t matter at all to our long-term well-being.
If I personally had to do all the things the bird does in a day, it would leave me with very little time to do what I want which would make my choices that much more important. Instead, I don’t have the same obligations that the bird does so I can focus on other things like school, sports, work and social media. Sure, birds have some sort of free time during their day but they’re not as intelligent as us so nothing species-advancing can be achieved.
Every day, we make decisions that alter the future of our life in one way or another. Just because we’ve been given more time than an animal to make choices on what we’d like to do doesn’t make that time any less valuable. The “free time” we have is what makes us unique, happy and successful. Don’t take advantage of it and use it to better yourself in one way or another. Somewhere right now, a bird is wishing it had it.