Live Life at Your Speed (No One Else’s)


I’m forever wondering how social sharing impacts our lives. Endless “highlight” reals. Exotic vacations. It’s all well and good (and I truly enjoy social media).

But, how this affects our potential for happiness and fulfillment, does weigh on my mind.

We have to remember to seek our best life — not someone else’s.

I am concerned that the pressure could become deafening.


As an individual who has always required a bit of a slower pace, I’ll weigh in.

Be you.

If you enjoy quiet moments in your garden, seek those moments.

If you enjoy rooms filled with music and raucous celebration, find them.

If you enjoy the turn of a book’s page, make a date with that story.

If you feel compelled to absorb the smell, the lights and bustle of the city, open that window.

If you seek far away places with mountain vistas and salty ocean air, set your sights to reach them.

If you feel the need to slow down, or speed up, block unhealthy comparisons and refrain from judgements.

If you need to embrace a crossroads (that isn’t photo worthy) — walk toward it. It is still precious.

But above all.

Live your life.

No one else’s.

It’s the only way to share your best life, with you.

Dr. Marla Gottschalk writes about life and career. Her posts have appeared at various outlets worldwide including US News & World Report, Forbes, Quartz and The World Economic Forum.

Live.Work.Think.Play shares observations concerning a wide array of topics from running a company — to the perfect fragrance. It is designed to share lessons learned from a variety of perspectives.


5 thoughts on “Live Life at Your Speed (No One Else’s)

  1. I really appreciate this short article. We all have to define our best life and seek it for ourselves. Thanks for the encouragement.


  2. I agree with the phrase “live your life”.It is very important to be able to live at your own pace, to enjoy what you do.We are the only judges of our own life.
    Tkanks a lot for this article


  3. Yes live your life may seem the ultimate goal and the best choice but how could you leave your even grown up child who still needs you and care for only your dreams, how could you leave a grandchild who needs you and live your dreams. I have sacrificed all my life and I really want to now live my dream but cannot because they still need me. I cannot break and separate my heart does not allow me although my mind and all my being wants to, it is a very fragile point hope one day I can do it.


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