“We suffer for the simple reason that suffering is biologically useful. It is nature’s preferred agent for inspiring change. We have evolved to always live with a certain degree of dissatisfaction and insecurity, because it’s the mildly dissatisfied and insecure creature that’s going to do the most work to innovate and survive.”
― Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson is definitely a marmite kinda author – you’ll love him or hate him, as seen on Goodreads when trawling through the reviews! I haven’t read his stuff yet but when I see comments and excerpts about him and his books, I tend to put him on my To Be Read (TBR) pile. He makes you look at things differently – for example, we’re told to be positive, think forward, strive for happiness. Well, yes, most of the time but it’s about understanding you won’t be happy all the time; accept that sometimes you will fail at being positive and sometimes looking back is useful It’s all about perspective.
Which leads me onto reverse psychology. I’m a big fan of this but it’s taken me most of my fifty years to accept that life isn’t a self-help book, or motivating all the time. In fact, it’s only in the last year or so, that I’ve allowed myself to have an off-day, instead of mithering in my own head that life is for living, get up and do something, etc etc. Actually, no. I’m not feeling great I will therefore not do a lot. And you know what, it’s one of the hardest things to do. But it’s self-care and we all need recharging, not just our devices!
If I’m hungry, I’ll eat, not when the clock tells me to. If I can’t sleep, I don’t force it; I’ll read a bit instead or even get up. You get the picture – this is a good article to read if you are so inclined …
So it’s Friday and although in the modern world, this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the working week anymore and unless I’m rostered on to work the weekend, I do still get that Crunchie Friday Feeling (I imagine some of you may have to Google that!). Have a read of THIS, a blog about Friday Quotes and fuck the weather today, it’s Friday. You can’t change it so live it 😉
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