When we’re children, we have a lot of time to think about things.
Many of us thought about what we wanted to be as adults, or the type of life that we wanted to live. It’s simple being a child, and though we didn’t realize it then, most of us had an abundance of one of the most valuable things a person can have; time.
Eventually, most of us find jobs or launch into careers, and that’s when it happens; we stop thinking, at least about the important things. We don’t leave ourselves the time to self-reflect and ask ourselves questions like ‘am I happy doing what I’m doing?‘ and if not ‘so what else could I be doing?‘. I’m not just talking about jobs here either; I’m talking about life… both what we do at work, and what we do outside of it.
Lifestyle Design Takes Effort? Fuck.
For such an intelligent and innovative species, we sure are terrible at knowing what we want to do with ourselves, both in the present, and in the future. Most of us don’t even make an effort, and that’s really the saddest part of it all. If a little bit of self reflection, and a little bit of risk – trying new things, meeting new people, quitting that shitty job you’ve been working at for 7 years – were all it took to change your life for the better, would you do it?
The next time you realize that you’ve been unhappy for an extended period, set aside some time and ask yourself the hard questions. No one else will know, no one will judge you, and you may just surprise yourself with the answers you come up with. Lifestyle design, or deciding what’s important to us and how we want to spend our time, isn’t something that simply happens. It’s an active process, and I promise you… no one is going to do the heavy lifting – the thinking part – for you.