The worst mistake we make is to take everything for granted so quickly

The worst mistake we make is to take everything for granted so quickly

[ Millennials; how to get over modern causes for sadness and depression? (1/5) ]

So is the question I will try to answer through a series of five posts.
First, we need to identify those causes. So what makes us find life becoming increasingly dull or boring? What is so different now than it was back when we were kids?

The first mistake we make is to take absolutely everything for granted so very quickly.
These days, even if it has great value to us, each victory, each purchase, each accomplishment – even the most longed for – just becomes normal to us in a blink. And the trouble is the same goes for the good and bad experiences that we have.

What you need to understand here is that most of them depend from the reference frame in your head. For example, trekking a couple days in the mountains will help one find a good shower and a hot meal to be ecstatic once they are back to civilization. Whilst to someone else, it just is the most common thing in the world. What they find normal.

Your reference frame determines what you expect out of life. From there, what you expect out of life will determine how happy you will be with what you get. But the kicker is that your reference frame is just totally random as it dramatically varies depending on the way you were raised and, most importantly, where you were born.

Try and remember that to 99% of the world population, your daily issues are nothing but first world problems. Make no mistake; whether you’re aware of it or not, you are part of the top 1%. You were born in a wealthy country, with a roof over your head, and an Internet connection at your finger tip. You already did win the lottery, you just don’t really get it.
Be thankful for that and make sure you don’t waste that advantage; try and pass that luck along. Use it to help others around you as best as you can.

I will say it again for the record; the worst mistake we make is to take everything for granted so very quickly.
Be content with what you have. Try and remember how much you have longed this thing for.
And next time you will find more excuses not to do it than you will have reasons why you should, just ask yourself;

Is there at least one person on earth, with the same circumstances as you, that does or can do it?
And realize the answer is always yes.

You tell yourself the story that you like.

‘People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, and all life for happiness.’

…but the trouble is you think you have time.

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‘Driven forward by the fact that no matter how empty the world seemed, no matter how degraded and used up the world appeared to us, we knew that anything was still possible. And, given the right circumstances, a new world was just as likely as an old one.’ – Waking Life / Vik, Iceland


N.B. This post of part of a five-post series called ‘Millennials; how to get over modern causes for sadness and depression?’
(1/5) The worst mistake we make is to take everything for granted so quickly
(2/5) Don’t just be kind to others, be kind to yourself too
(3/5) Today is tomorrow’s good old days

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