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Consistency

By Erik Wilson

My family has a pet turtle. His name is Reggie and he does exactly two things: he eats lettuce and he sleeps. When he’s not sleeping he’s eating and when he’s not eating he’s sleeping. His habits are so predictable that he will only eat romaine lettuce. In fact, if you put various kinds of lettuce in the tank he will pick through them and only eat the romaine bits. To top it all off he’s been doing this for more than 30 years now, day after day, month after month, year after year.

I’ve grown up my whole life with Reggie around constantly doing the same things, and in a strange way it’s comforting to me right now. For people like me and you, we are living in a scary time. My generation, the Millennials, have been raised under the general mantra that the only thing standing between us and our career of choice is hard work and education. The need to rethink everything is scary.

But actually, it is here, right at the very eye of the maelstrom that consistency comes in and provides comfort. Jobs will come and go, but it is consistency that grounds us. It keeps us attached to reality and reminds us of what’s important. At a very basic level, we all need to eat and we all need to sleep. Everything else is just window-dressing, in the grand scheme of things.

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