Did you ever get the feeling that you’re overwhelmed by all the things you need to do and that some of them that once brought you joy now they only bring you anxiety? Have you ever thought that you might need to let some of them go for your own sake?
It seems that the more we do something, the harder it gets to let that go if there were some feelings involved at some point. For example, you start shooting photos every day and you enjoy it very much. Let’s say that after a while, you pick up another hobby: composing music. You do both of these for a few weeks and then you pick up yet another hobby: playing basketball. Let’s say that you set a “schedule” to do each and every one of those every single day. The more you do daily, the less time you have for each of those and maybe composing music, even though it has been enjoyable in the beginning, not it feels like a burden. So what’s the solution? To stop composing because it’s not enjoyable anymore? To put it on hold?
The thing is that stopping something for a while might feel “funky”. For me, when I think about stopping something, I remember that the key to get better at anything is to keep pushing forward no matter what. I think where I might get in one year if I keep going. This creates cognitive dissonance for me and it’s hurtful. It’s a battle between heart and brain, and the heart loses.
I think that learning to let go can have a big influence over our daily state. If we manage to decide what would be better for us and we act accordingly, our life can improve. The future is indeed unpredictable, but life has to be enjoyable (for the most part). Or else, what’s the whole damn point?
This might sound selfish, but we own our life. Whatever we do with it, it should bring some joy. That’s the difference between a happy life and a shitty one. Oh, and by the way, have you ever heard of people that might seem to have everything, but they are depressed as f*ck? Why do you think that’s the case? I think it’s because they pushed and pushed and they succeeded, but they lost the joy somewhere back along the path.
All this being said, what do you need to let go of so your daily life might get some of that joy back?