1. Our miserable, detestable, deplorable jobs
If you love your job, great news. If you're like the other 95% of the population, then it sucks. Our jobs, although we may only be there for 40 hours a week, can feel like a life-without-parole prison sentence. Like with prison, we feel trapped, hopeless, and doomed to a life we don't want.
2. Family stress
Having children is a true blessing and is the most wonderful thing in the world, but can also be and usually is the cause of an enormous amount of stress. Kidnapping, pedophiles, traffic accidents, injuries, and home invasions are all major concerns for any parent, but it's the whining, disrespectful behavior, tantrums, hitting, and lack of sleep that gets to us.
3. Being apathetic
So many people have seemingly given up on ever having the life they want. Life truly wears them down and out and there is nothing but a shell of a person left. This is unbelievably sad but all too common. These folks are just going through the motions of life without any real direction, passion, or interest.
4. Being Ordinary
The world needs more leaders, out-of-the-box thinkers, action-seekers, risk-takers, and passionate people. What the world does not need is another average Joe living paycheck to paycheck.
5. No direction
With no goals or dreams, how can we expect to achieve anything significant? Dream big and get big results. Dream small and get small results. Don't dream at all and get nothing.
6. Not having a passion for something
When someone can find their real passion in life that should be a momentous event for them. Many people will go through their whole life without ever realizing what it is that gets their heart pumping, and mind racing.
7. Being selfish
Giving something of yourself without the desire for anything in return is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Our society has taught us a "what do I get out of this" mentality which is breeding a generation of "takers". What we need more of is people who truly understand the power behind selflessness.
8. Not having a release
With the constant stresses life places on us, we all need a release. Finding a hobby, activity, or interest can be a lifesaver. Take up tennis, join a local business group, or learn another language. Without a release, life will almost assuredly bring you down.
9. Not bettering yourself
Life is about growing, learning, and being a better person. Never trying to improve yourself is a guaranteed path to living a completely average life. Can anyone honestly say they want an average life? Of course not.
10. Being empty inside
If you are walking around feeling like something is missing in your life, you are far from being alone. Sadly, many people will spend their lives feeling this way. Some fill this void with religion, some fill it by having children, and some even fill it with drugs or alcohol.