Since when did we get the idea that floating through life is something to strive for? Non-participation is not a luxury. Giving away effort, freely, willingly and actually feeling like you’ve beat the system is quite the mind-game. A change in your head from narrative to critical thought does not add stress, it frees you to make your own choices. If the result is good, build on that. If the result is bad, try something else. See? That’s not so hard, not a life sentence in either scenario. It’s continuous; it’s engaging and totally fulfilling. Educate yourself, seek advice, observe, learn, but in the end never give your God-given autonomy to anyone. There is nothing to fear in finding your own way … It’s the only way.