In Response to : ‘What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life’

In Response to : ‘What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life’

***Trigger warning***: this blog is going to be very passionate and big hearted. I hope dearly that you are not offended by such energy and perspective. And if you are, what the heck are you doing here!? (This space is all love and positive energy, and if you find anything I say in this blog offensive or distasteful please know that was not my intention, as I write from a space of unconditional love along with an intention of expansion of consciousness.)

This blog is a response to the blog recently published, that went somewhat viral, from A Life in Progress titled ‘What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life’. I have personal and biased opinions and perspectives on life that is heavily contradictory to this post, but I also found some things mentioned in this post as evidence of a small and simple life of mediocrity that I find powerful and beautifully impactful. My intention here is to showcase those ‘little things’ and offer a perspective shift that brings those ‘little things’ into a shining, powerful and impactful light.

The author of this piece, Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui, seems to be a beautiful soul doing the best she can to bring light and serve others. She is a self-proclaimed ‘imperfect light bearer’, as her website bio reads. I could see us being very kindred, however this is my first issue with this article, as anyone working to bring forth light in this world is in no way living small. That action does not occur without a subtle but eventual world influencing ripple effect. To wish for and hold space for the goodness of others is not a small action or philosophy, and it is far from mediocre at the least.

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The article begins with this opening, “What if all I want is a small, slow, and simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between. Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?” To this I would like to say, there is deeply rooted wisdom and power within peace, especially choosing to experience peace. There is nothing small-minded or mediocre about this. If we are speaking of the same kind of peace, what we are speaking of is transcendent and contagiously shifts consciousness when shared. Even further, what I have come to know of the woman writing this piece is that she is not mediocre, and I beg her not to accept something so disempowering and untrue of herself.

The whole piece is written not about mediocrity, but about breaking societal roles and expectations. It is more about embracing of authenticity and the letting go of trying to be someone or something that we are not. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about that message is mediocre. The author shares experiences like, “What if I never build an orphanage in Africa but send bags of groceries to people here and there and support a couple of kids through sponsorship. What if I just offer the small gifts I have to the world and let that be enough.” and “What if I don’t want to write a cookbook or build a six figure business or speak before thousands. But I write because I have something to say and I invest in a small community of women I care about and encourage them to love and care for themselves well.” as validating examples of mediocrity, when the truth of these actions is actually the opposite.

There is absolutely nothing about offering the gifts you have to the world that is mediocre. There is absolutely nothing about writing because you have something to say and something to share that is mediocre. To be mediocre, by definition means to be “of only moderate quality; not very good.” I am not a religious person by any means, but I wholeheartedly believe we humans were made in the likeness and image of God, and I have a really hard time finding anything mediocre about that, which tells me that even in our essence we cannot be mediocre.

You can both impact the world positively and make your life count in a seemingly small and slow way, please tell me you see the immense beauty and influence that has, because there is nothing about it that rings mediocre from my perspective. I’ll tell you this though, you cannot be a positive influence in any one person’s life and be living small. Here’s why, wanting and offering more for someone else is not a small minded desire or action, and that kind of unconditional compassion and fierce light working creates a ripple effect beyond your belief.

From being aware of that ripple effect, I know that I want to make waves and I know that you cannot do that by living small, but that doesn’t mean you cannot still be human and still have space to grow at your own pace. I respect each of you and each of your personal journeys very deeply. I need you to know how much power and true light you are giving away in accepting your gifts, whatever they may be, as something mediocre.

If it feels like you are living in a small way, I ask you warmly to acknowledge that you are not someone or something small. Embrace your power and influence, even if it doesn’t feel like it is that worldly relatable or impactful, because the reality is that every action you take from a heart centered space is one that will ripple out love and light into the world more than you can know. Each one of us was born with a beautiful power to consciously begin that ripple effect and impact the world in our own ways, and to live as if we cannot change things or be the light we wish to see is in denial of our true nature.


~Riley Reign

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9 thoughts on “In Response to : ‘What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life’

  1. I don’t equate simplicity and finding joy in small things a sign of mediocrity. It’s true that as children we are pushed to excel and rush past the simple things. Later, if we are paying attention, we learn that those simple things are the building blocks of our joy.

  2. I can’t tell you how very much I love and appreciate this article! I’m always amazed at how synchronicity works as I just stated the very same idea to a group this week. I too have no great passion to accomplish greatness or stature. My only passion is living in a conscience state of Grace by being my true self and maintaining as much joy as I can every moment. Without judgment of myself or anyone else. Just recently someone explained this to me as being a light holder, I think that is lovely and although not spectacular, not at all mediocre!

  3. Wow… Thank you… I have been struggling with the crossroads I’m at… Wondering if I should pursue Graduate School or settle with the Bachelors Degree and what I want to do for the rest of my life… Thank you…

    1. You are beyond welcome. If you are in a stuck place and wanting guidance, another resource you can find is Intuitive Mentoring with Riley Reign. From now through July 31st (2017) she is doing donation based mentoring, so that may be something you’d like to take advantage of! Check it out here:

  4. I did not read the original article, but as you describe it, I can relate to both you and her. It’s true, the things she describes as “mediocre” can have a huge impact on another person. I am living a similar life to hers. I work at a quite unglamorous job, I have two kids . . . we do kid things, travel to kid places. We try to be generous in helping others. But, perhaps these things are seemingly small to some, even boring. Perhaps not always celebrated or recognized, but I agree with you that there is beauty in it. My goal is to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

  5. I saw the Mediocre Life post a week or two ago, shared on one of the minimalist lifestyle facebook pages I follow. I save interesting posts to share on my own page. But upon reading that post I un-saved it and did not share it. I do not like that word mediocre. I can not fathom anyone calling their own life mediocre. Slow and Simple is what I am aiming for in my own life, but I sure as heck would never call that mediocre. So thank you for your powerful and articulate response to Krista’s article. Well done you!

  6. I love living my life simply and with kindness .. I love the little things… The little moments that add up to not a mediocre life, but a life well lived .

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