When good enough is really enough

There's a common disease coming out of America that is causing an epidemic of mental unwellness.

It's caused when a person believes they can achieve anything they want to achieve but face the stark reality that, despite herculean efforts, they cannot.

The CDC reports that between 15%-20% of Americans, over the age of 40, are on antidepressants. How many are depressed because they're realising that the American dream is an abject lie?

The only winner is Big Pharma.

Sadly, many American values - greed, individualism, mass-consumerism - have supplanted their dirty tentacles across the planet. India, a country famed for its spirituality, family values and vegetarianism, is quickly ditching that for a "better" life. If better means a life enslaved to credit card debt, status anxiety and cardiovascular disease.

Alain de Botton said that "we are suffering from an epidemic of mental unwellness largely bred by the expectation that our lives will be stellar, when in fact they are far more likely only to be ordinary".

An ordinary life is one where you drive an ordinary car, live in an ordinary house and have a normal job. But where you're able to collect your kids from school every day. Cook for them. Bath them. Read to them. And see them in the morning when they wake up.

We're all trying so desperately to get somewhere that we're failing to take in where we are now. We're like a crouching Tiger, never satisfied with our current situation. But what makes us think a "better" future will be any different? We'll just want more.

Accepting good enough is the antidote to living a good life. And a good life is what we should really be aiming for.

The challenge then is simple - can you accept that?