Why Being Picky is a Good Thing

“Did you know my dad doesn’t like bacon? Isn’t that crazy?!”

My distaste for bacon is one of my daughter’s favorite talking points. She’s told every extended family member and every one of our friends. She’s even told random strangers. It fascinates her.

Yes, it’s true. I can’t stand bacon. It’s basically flavored fried fat. I just don’t see the point. I’d rather waste the calories on something else.

While I’m at it, here are two more foods that I can’t stand – avocado and its diarrhea cousin, guacamole. They’re both like green squishy swamp snot.

There, I said it! It’s out there for the world to know about how I feel about bacon, avocado, and guacamole.

I know at this point, most of you think I’m crazy. You might even say I’m picky. I’ve even been called prideful.

I just don’t see it that way. I prefer the term “refined”.

It’s not that I won’t try new foods. I will and do. I genuinely enjoy tasting new foods and expanding my palette. Some foods I like and others I don’t.

So I file away the foods I like on my safe list and dismiss the rest. Sorry guacamole, you’re just not worth my time.

In fact, why would you waste any time with something you know, with 100% surety, that you don’t like? Why would you keep punishing yourself thinking maybe on the 101st time you’ll finally like it?

What’s the point when there’s so much more good stuff out there?

I’m not talking about food anymore…

Here’s the point of this article – if you only have a certain amount of time here on this happy earth, why waste any of your precious time doing anything that you don’t like?

It’s such a simple question that doesn’t get enough attention.

“Well Sean, it’s just not that simple”, you say. “Why, I have to go to work and pay the bills”.

Maybe you do. Maybe.

If we dig a little deeper, we all almost always need money. That’s true. The amount of it that we actually need can vary dramatically from person to person.

It also can vary dramatically based on someone’s core desires and goals. Do you really need that $200 cable bill? Really?

I have many friends who make more money than I do but that’s the only currency in which they are more “rich” than me.

They don’t have time freedom. They don’t have mobility. They don’t have work freedom – they answer to a boss and their work is handed down to them via TPS reports or whatever (Office Space reference there).

They can’t take off in the middle of a Tuesday morning and go swimming with their kids like I can.

As I always say, I’m not trying to brag here. I’m a totally average guy. I just decided to get real picky with almost every aspect of my life. I worked hard to make this happen.

Someone who’s picky with their time won’t let a boss dictate when they can take a vacation with their family.

Someone who’s picky with their income won’t settle for a job that only allows for random salary raises… if they’ve made their boss happy.

Someone who’s picky about spending time with their family won’t settle for a few hours on weekends.

Someone’s who’s picky about learning and expanding their horizons won’t limit themselves to one small cul-de-sac in the corner of their suburb.

Try everything. Incorporate into your life what you like. Discard the rest.

How you spend your time here on this planet is totally up to you.

Every single minute you’re making choices about what to do. You’re demonstrating to yourself and others what you believe in. Your actions clearly illustrate your belief system.

I believe that life is more than cutting coupons and commuting to cubicles.

I believe you should be picky. Be fastidious with your time. Be choosy with living out your dreams. This isn’t  just hypey “rah-rah” talk here. It’s your freaken life! Nobody else is going to care about it as much as you will.

It’s time to get picky.