Leave your own hamster wheel
Caught up in our daily grind, we often stopped asking ourselves the question of whether our life is going as we intended it to be. We run like the hamster in his bike until we fall out dead. Time to take a look out of the box.
A stroller encounters a worker in a forest who tries to cut a tree with his blunt saw. He approaches him and asks, “But good man, your saw is very blunt. Why don’t you sharpen them? ”The worker replies:“ I don’t have time for that, I have to saw…! ”
As told in this short story, life is going on for many of us. At some point we have started a certain path in life and today we live without stopping for a moment and wondering whether this path is actually the right one.advertising
When I was still an employee, I used to like hearing two sentences from colleagues: “Soon it will be the weekend again!” And “Another X years until retirement.” In particular, I was able to understand the first sentence at the time because my job was not like me at all filled.
However, the question is how to deal with these feelings. If you keep catching yourself expecting the weekend on Monday or counting down the days until your next vacation, these are pretty sure signs that your job is not fun.
Your profession should be a calling
For most people, the job is just one thing: means to an end. It takes money to survive today, so let’s go to work to earn that. If the world were to function without money from tomorrow, most of humanity would no longer leave the sofa.
But that is actually not the point of the matter. As already written elsewhere, we only have a limited lifetime and (according to the current status) only one life. If you are male and just around 30 years old, you still have around 50 years, as a woman at most 55.
If you played computer or console games as a child, you will surely know exactly how you felt when your Mario, Luigi or similar. the last “life” had begun. It was clear to you that if you make a mistake now, everything will be over. It is all the more terrifying that we just waste our real (last) life.
If – according to the current situation – you have to work until the age of 67, you only have 13-18 years left after your working life, which you can then enjoy as an old man or woman.
Until then you have to work. And here you should ask yourself whether you are planning to waste 30-40 years of your life doing a job that pisses you off every day or whether you do not have the right to get the most out of your life to fetch.
Profession should come from calling. So make sure you do a job that fills you up and that you enjoy going to. A job that you would still do if you didn’t need any more money in life.
Dare to look out of the box
My most important motto in life is “Never accept the status quo “. The status quo means the current state of our life, i.e. what currently makes up our lives and everyday life.
Since we like to be cozy, we love to accept this state of the art, unless there is an urgent need for action. That means: As long as the ceiling doesn’t fall on our heads, we don’t question it, we just accept everything. This status quo doesn’t even have to be the yellow of the egg – i.e. our dream and our wish – it is enough for us to be able to make ends meet.
At some point on the deathbed, we either talk to ourselves that we didn’t have any chances in life or startle to realize that we haven’t used our life.
Dare and take a look outside the box. The American says “getting out of the box”, that is, coming out of your own comfort zone.
Is that what makes up your status quo (your private life, your job, your health, etc.) today, what fills you up and makes you unconditionally happy? If so: Congratulations, you either packed it or made no claims to life. If not, then you should probably change something.
How you can change something
First of all, you need to understand that people make mistakes and make wrong decisions. Both you and me. Accept that you may have made wrong decisions in the past and that is why you are standing where you are today.
“To make a mistake is not bad, but not to correct it, it is.” (Confucius)
You can only change something if you are willing to take a self-critical look. In a quiet minute when you are alone, ask yourself what you would like to do if your financial resources were secure.
Which job would you do, which job would make you happy? Do you enjoy contacts with other people or do you prefer to create something with your own hands?
Think about whether the job you once took on still fits your character today. What you thought was great as a young trainee does not automatically have to inspire you today. After school, for example, I was passionate about electronics and computers, today I wouldn’t be able to fill it up.
If you find that you are drawn to a completely different corner, then see whether you can first gain a foothold in this industry. Take a part-time job, study part-time and continue your education. The possibilities in our rich country are endless once you understand them.
Ask yourself the same question about your private life. Does your social environment still suit you today? Is your relationship the way you want it to be? Are there things that could inspire you as a hobby? And no, you don’t have too little time. We all have just as much of it.
Always stay self-critical
Get into the habit of looking at yourself and your life in general and with a critical eye every few days. Do not be satisfied in your comfort zone. At some point, a change could occur in your life that could make your house of cards collapse overnight. Then you are either prepared or not, very easy.
If you realize that things in your life are not going to go the way they should make you happy in the long run, change something. Look for alternatives and, if necessary, change the track instead of accepting the current state for 30 years and then complaining at the end.
You only have one life, one only. No more and no less. You have the right to fill your lifetime so that you are happy, so use it and take responsibility for your life. Do the rest of your life at the best time of your life.
As long as the ceiling doesn’t fall on our heads, we like to accept our life as it is. It doesn’t have to make us happy, the main thing is that the bills are paid and we somehow get along.
Life in this “comfort zone” rarely fills up, but is like vegetating on stages. For the next weekend, the next vacation, the pension. We should use the only life we have so that we are happy.
Get in the habit of questioning your life regularly. Admit wrong decisions in the past and change something if you see no improvement in the long term. Do not blame your everyday life for others, but take responsibility and make the best of your life. You have a right to it.
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