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Drastic measures start to sound appealing: a complete career shift; telling our bosses to go fuck themselves; faking our own deaths, buying a new identity on the black market, and living a quiet life on the outskirts of Topeka, Kansas as Pat Davis the shopkeeper. And more often than not, it does more damage than it repairs.
Even in the best-case scenario, a complete nuke-and-pave of our lives only staves off the darkness for a. Someone who only does one thing becomes a one-dimensional character — and that makes their story uninteresting. To Burn or Not to Burn? When things seem darkest, it feels like we have two choices: 1 Suck it up and deal with our lives as they are.
Burn everything down and start over. Fortunately for us, though, very few things in life are binary. And true enough, addressing nagging dissatisfaction in our lives falls on a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum, we can choose to accept our station in life, and make do with what we. On the far end of the spectrum is self-immolation: burn this fucker down, stomp out the embers, and rebuild.
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Instead, we should start asking the really important questions: What could I be doing that would make me feel better? This implies that there are things we would rather be doing, or that would be more fulfilling for us. What are those things? What am I neglecting that makes me feel this way? Each of us has an internal barometer that lets Adult swinger searching dating matchmaking know when things are getting stormy in our lives.
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Right the ship instead of sinking it. The guilt I felt for wanting out of my life was a I knew — even at my lowest point — that my life was pretty good.
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My urge to escape was a knee-jerk reaction to discomfort, not a rational desire to escape an unhealthy life. So I decided to attack the two root causes of my unhappiness instead of the whole of my existence. First, I got serious about managing my time. I broke my smartphone addiction by turning off notifications and leaving it in Airplane Mode when I was out with friends.
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Are you going to burn it down? Deal with it? Or are you going to take the third option and start playing with the balance to get it right?
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