How willing would you be to live a life without certain things that make you feel comfortable, make your life easier and gives does bad days some moments of joy? We are all able to adapt but everyone adapts differently. Someone who is used to owning close to nothing can be perfectly happy in life and doesn't crave something extra like wine, a slice of pizza, Netflix or even a bed because they have learned to enjoy what they have and make the most out of it. What if you would be used to all things most people take for granted? Well somehow it makes you so comfortable that the only way is to stay comfortable in other words, we want more of what makes us happy. But what if we could make everything we have feel like more than enough?
It all starts with an attitude and I am sorry to say this and even if you are used to having a worldview of a different sort; you need to find good things in everything. At first it may feel odd and foreceful to find goodness in everything but it takes some practice and time in order to master this talent. Because it truly is a talent, a lifehack that works in the long run. Let's take a look at a situation as an example that was much more than ideal and how I turned the experience upside down.
I was attending a weekend course in art in another city than I was from so that meant I had to sleep on the floor of a school building, because that was my only option. You could pay for a hotelroom as well but I was a poor high school student living with my parents and at that time I didn't have a job. When I was 16 I decided to not ask my parents for money whenever I needed it and try to figure out a way to not have to spend a lot of it when attending events which I loved to do because it gives you new perspectives on things, the possibility to learn something new and meet new inspiring people. At the time I hated sleeping on the floor. When the first evening came I didn't want to sleep because I knew it would feel cold and uncomfortable but I also knew that I needed to sleep in order to learn something the next day. So what I did was that I would wear a cardigan to keep me warm at night and I slept close to a window and felt the fresh air as I would begin to fall asleep. The next morning I was the first one to wake up. Birds sang outside the window and a beautiful ray of light filled the room and I thought that I should focus on those things instead of the negative aspects of sleeping on the floor. The evening of that day there was a party which I of course attended and stayed up until like 3 am even if I had to be up at 7 the next morning. Oh well I thought, a totally new situation to handle. I decided to get ready for the next when I came back from the party. Still a bit drunk and confused I showered in the middle of the night and picked out my clothes for the next day. By the time I was ready most people had fallen asleep so quietly I made my way to my sleeping place under the window and set my alarm as late as possible because I had done most things I needed to do in the morning. I thought that 3 hours of sleep was still better than 0 hours of sleep so again I tried to see it in a more positive light. The next day was a challenge of its own. I kept drinking coffee and being outside in the sun as much as possible in order to stay awake. But everything felt so smooth and relaxing when overly tired so I focused on that feeling and that feeling helped me to survive the entire day even if it had its stressful moments I felt unable to get stressed and the calmness was to my advantage.
If you think of litterature there are many characters whom have the capability of making the most out of awful situations. My favorite must be Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Anne creates stories and plays along with words in order to brighten up her day and wake the wonder in those around her. No matter how hard school seems in the beginning and Gilbert Blythe offers a challenge of his own, Anne is always able to return to her own fantasy world that makes everything possible. Another famous female optimist is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi doesn't care what others think of her and her unique living arrangements, she simply loves life and lives it to its fullest and even if she lacks proper education she is the most street smart girl in town. To name a historical figure with this mindset Anne Frank is an excellent example. Frank lived in fear and surrounded by The Second World War and she and her family needed to live a hidden and isolated life. Yet she managed to find a purpose in life by writing and exploring her thoughts and feelings while doing so and writing became the source of energy, it became her meaning in life.
As a conclusion I would like to point out that it is extremly healthy not do live inside of ones comfort all the time and try to be comfortable in a situation that isn't comfortable. These situations teach us gratitude and makes us realise how good our lives are no matter how terrible they may seem. And believe me when I say that it feels much better to sleep in a bed when you have slept several nights on the floor than if you would always sleep in your own bed. Doing uncomfortable things are not a waste of time they help us to build up our inner strength and unite us with the core of our being more so than comfortable things do.
Learn how to see everything in nothing.