Why upgrade your lifestyle?
Only you can answer that question for you.
Perhaps your life is overall pretty good. You have a deep appreciation of self – you know who you are, and you don’t put on situational facades. You’ve “done the work” to purge self-limiting messages from your subconscious mind. You’re free of grudges and don’t embody negative feelings. You’re grateful every day for the life you’ve created. You don’t take things personally, so your attitude is normally upbeat and optimistic. Your future’s so bright you gotta wear shades (apologies to Timbuk 3 for borrowing the title of their 1986 single).
If this is you, then you’re blessed. You may have already become the Hero of your life.
But maybe life feels a little sharp and prickly from time to time. Maybe you’ve been a bit frayed at the edges by reading the latest news, or viewing the negative comments on social media posts. Perhaps it seems hard to remain optimistic when you look at what’s happening in the world. There’s too much to do and not enough time to do it; and you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed. Possibly you feel you’re the only adult in the room; and you’re getting frustrated with all the drama around you.
If some of this sounds familiar, you may be stressed. You’re in good company. With the busy lives that most people lead today, it’s not easy to remain calm and centered. Most people, if they’re being objective, would find themselves in this group.
What if you feel like life is a burden? Like everything you ever learned about a successful lifestyle is no longer working? Perhaps you’ve been betrayed by friends or lovers; and you’ve given up on relationships. Your job may be at risk; or perhaps you’ve been let go by your employer, and you’re drowning in debt. Perhaps you’ve served in a wartime military, and you’re having a hard time fitting in as a peacetime civilian. Maybe you’re struggling with one or several addictions; and they’re winning. You may find that your dominant emotions are anger and outrage that well up from deep within you. Life is growing ever more painful, and you’re wondering if it makes sense to go on with life.
If you connect with some of the examples here, you might be depressed. Chronic depression was rare one or two generations ago. But these days it’s way more common; and many people don’t know where to turn.