The reason you're unhappy and don't appreciate life
We can certainly face circumstances in our lives that are so overwhelming that it's natural to be unhappy or feel like we don't appreciate life.
But 99% of the time, it's our own attitude and mindset that causes us to be unhappy. When I was dealing with depression, part of the torture was that I knew that I should have been more grateful for what I had.
I'm convinced that so many of us have fallen into this because our society has become obsessed with avoiding any discussion of the 2nd biggest event of our lives- our inevitable death.
If you don't embrace death, you can't appreciate life
We're surrounded by media that depicts death. It seems natural to avoid being exposed to any more "negativity".
But the way we're exposed to death is fake; it's either unnaturally cinematic depictions in movies or television, or news stories that are an arms length away from any legitimate emotional connection.
And we see so much of these things, they have little impact on us anymore, at least in the sense of giving us a realistic perspective on our mortality.
You're unhappy because you don't realize how lucky you are
We have become entitled when it comes to life. We think that if we play by the rules of health and safety, we deserve nothing less than 90 years of happiness and relaxation, ending with a peaceful final breath surrounded by 3 generations of loving offspring. Get real.
You're going to die, it might be ugly, and you have no control over when it's coming. Continue to run from this fact, and you will continue to be unhappy.
Every minute is a gift. Your very entry into this world was a lottery win of epic proportions. The fact you were born and have remained healthy is a fucking miracle.
Things might seem bad, but fix your attitude. Go spend the next few hours doing nothing but reading the desperate pleas of those dying from cancer or other diseases- that you start to appreciate the little things in life. The joys of just being alive and getting to experience this miracle.
I am 37 years old, and if it ended tomorrow, I would be incredibly grateful for the time I had. Every laugh, every good meal, every time the sun hit my face.
And I live every day expecting it to end tomorrow. The result? I appreciate almost every minute of every day. A walk to the beach or a nice meal can make me shake my head in disbelief that I got so lucky.
Only by embracing the ultimate negative, can you appreciate your life and truly be exposed to all that is positive. And if that's not enough and you still want to be unappreciative and unhappy- don't worry. It will all be over soon.
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