Ego is the enemy

Ego comes in many different shapes and sizes.

When I began my journey simplifying my life, I was excited and I loved to talk about it with anyone willing to listen. Often times I would express how worldly people were, how much they cared about their “stuff”. How could they not realize that my way was the right way?

My ego was there.

I’ve never been wealthy, but the money I have had has often gone into nice cars, clothing and a lifestyle that made me appear more successful that I actually was.

My ego was there.

Last year, I realized how I was defining myself by these things and decided to make a change. I reduced my closet down to the essentials and traded in my nice new car for an older, bare bones model. At first it pained me to be seen is such plain, boring car, wearing clothing from a lack lustre wardrobe, but eventually I learned to accept it.

The problem I found myself with was I was now humble-bragging. I found myself gloating about my ability to give up all of these things, and I couldn’t understand anyone who couldn’t do the same.

My ego was there.

When I started commuting by bike last year, I was so excited about it, every day I would cruise to work with the biggest smile on my face. I would exclaim my excitement to every person I met, often times encouraging them to do the same as me. When anyone would question my decision to commute by bike, I would get defensive and argue the benefits until they would “see things my way”.

My ego was there.

I’ve never thought of myself as egotistical, but after reading through Ryan Holiday’s Ego is the Enemy, I’ve realized that maybe it is something that I do struggle with, but I’m happy to have it brought to the light so I can take steps towards being more humble.

How is ego playing a role in your life?