Wikipedia Rabbit Hole: Self Actualization

At some point or another we’ve all had to learn about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, right? To refresh your memory:


Tonight, I’ve gone down a Maslow rabbit hole, and I’m coming up feeling enlightened.



(Not that ↑ Enlightened, although it’s a great show, I recommend it a lot).

Here’s a quote from Maslow to start you on your own rabbit hole to enlightenment:

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.

If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave up.”

The second half of that quote, the part about despising the one who gave up, that’s the part that is really singing to me today. Participation points don’t count in life; you either give it your all or give up. I’ve watched too many people give up on things that are really good for them (eg testimonies, family, healthy habits) because it was easier and frankly I’m tired of watching people not live up to their full potential.

That’s one reason the past few months have been so hard for me because I decided to put my Masters on hold this semester, as Matt has an intense last semester of his MBA program. I was depressed because I was feeling like I wasn’t living up to my full potential, but I’ve decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself because I’m not in school (I’m such a school-loving nerd!) I’m going to use this time instead to focus on finishing other projects, aka “achieving my full potential, including creative activities”. I’ve been doing some graphic design, trying to finish my graphic novel, and learning new programs.  I’ll be posting about it through out the coming months, giving updates, sharing artwork, and using this blog as a place of accountability for myself.

Anyway, this whole post was just a giant high five to myself and my million angels, feels good to be climbing back up that Maslow pyramid and rabbit hole.