We live in a generation that is always wanting more. We want the best clothes, the nicest car, the biggest house, and the most income. We look at what others have and wonder why we can’t have it ourselves. Commercials tell us our lives won’t be better unless we have the next best thing to make our lives easier. We are constantly filling our minds and our houses with having more because that’s what we’ve been told to do. But once we finally knock everything we wanted off our bucket lists, we still feel empty. So what are we missing?
Imagine this: we live in a world where we are content with what we already have. What would this look like? We would appreciate the little things that usually seem meaningless. We could take that ripped up pair of jeans and make them into a cool, refurbished pair of pants. Instead of longing for that incredible vacation that we can’t afford we spend time with our grandparents and mentors who just want time to talk to us. The money you were going to use for a housing upgrade you decided to put away to donate to your favorite charity. This all sounds wonderful, but how do we get there?
I’m asking this question because this is a constant struggle for me as well. For someone who loves fashion, I always want the next best clothing piece. I also find myself longing for an incredible vacation with some gal pals but realize that my college income is not enough for me to travel overseas just yet. I’m still trying to figure out the struggle of being happy and wanting something more. Here are some things I’ve been thinking about to be incredibly content with the average in my life.
Be creative with what you have. It’s very easy to get bored in your day to day life. When you’re tempted to spend money just to fill a “high” of something new or different, come back to things you already own. Wear something that’s been in the bottom of your closet for a couple months. Pull out that book you loved reading years ago and revisit some old memories. You’d be surprised how much enjoyment you’ll get from going down memory lane.
Rekindle old/deep friendships: We all have those people in our lives who we’ve known since childhood or mentors that have impacted our lives. As we all enter new areas in our lives, those relationships can fade and dissipate with time. Try calling or texting someone that you haven’t talked to in awhile. Go out to coffee with someone who you used to love hanging out with. Those people can turn your day around and remind you of who you are.
Take a break from social media: Social media can be a wonderful place to share, inspire, and create, but it can also leave you with a deep sense of dissatisfaction. It leaves us wondering what our lives would be like if we had what someone else had. And if your lives don’t seem to “measure up,” we have to constantly upgrade our own lives and never feel complete. Try taking half a day, full day, or even a couple days off of social media. See if your lack of scrolling fulfills your “lack” of something in your life.
As I was saying before, in no means have I “figured it all out.” I’m still struggling to take myself out of being dissatisfied and appreciating what’s in front of me. I hope that what I think about and struggle with daily can inspire you to look at your life with a little more fulfillment.
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you have an incredible, fulfilled day!