It might not have happened to you yet, but it will most likely at some point. When it does, you will need to slow down, take a look back on your life. You might feel like leaving it all because of too much pressure, you won’t know what to do.
Depression. Nervous breakdown. Burnout. Sometimes you will face challenges, emotions and situations that will bring a lot of stress into your life. Getting fired, losing a close relative, a friend, a lot of money, getting in a car accident…
In those moments, nothing of what society advertises as vital will matter. No matter how much money you make, how expensive your car is, how many houses you have. No matter how big your TV is, where you go on vacation, how comfy your couch is. There are things in life that cannot be overcome by pure materialism and consumerism.
Acknowledging that consumerism is not the remedy to all pains on a daily basis will always be beneficial, whether during hard times or not. It will not only help you get through, it will also give you faith and hope in the future. You don’t need a tragedy to start living a simpler life.
Stay humble no matter what
Have you ever met somebody who seemed truly happy, who radiated with an aura of sunshine? Do you remember this person ever showing off? The most fake people are the ones who brag about being real. The better you feel about yourself, the less you need to show off.“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” — Bruce Lee Click To Tweet
Focus on yourself
People that spend time looking for faults in others probably should spend time correcting their own. Stop caring about what people are doing better than you in their life. Everything is easier when you don’t concern yourself with what everybody else is doing. As for what people are saying about you, forget about it as well.Those who talk in your back are in your back for a reason. Click To Tweet
I used to laugh at the idea of keeping a grateful journal. Then I tried it for a week. Everyday, write little things that happened to you and that you were grateful for. It can also be more general things that are part of your life in the long term. Your lover, your education, your quality of life…
Happiness is not only about what you want it’s all also about loving what you have and being grateful for it. Both are intertwined. Be grateful for what you already have and your mindset will attract more good things.“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — The Dalai Lama Click To Tweet
Focus on your personal goals, not money
So many people spend their life trying to achieve financial freedom. They waste their life away to a 9 to 5 and hope to retire somewhat wealthier than when they started. If it is what you truly want, then by all means do so and pursue that goal.
But if you feel like this is not what you were born to do, at least try to make it work with your passion and goals next to it. Eventually your passion might grow bigger than your 9 to 5, and you will get the energy to quit and start a new life, no matter the financial outcome.
Money is not all that matters. Of course you need money to get by, but it’s okay to not make it big. A lot of people focus more on asking for a raise than embracing their life outside of work. They don’t realize that they don’t even need a raise. They already have what they need and would be a lot happier focusing on what makes them happy next to their 9 to 5.“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — The Dalai Lama Click To Tweet
Compassion brings happiness. Embrace what you have, it could be a lot worse. Live simply, be grateful, give love. You’ll be one step closer to making your dream life a reality.