It’s common for us to settle into a non-active lifestyle as we age. Staying at home and watching TV for hours a day can become routine. Sitting becomes a way of life – at work, driving home, at the table, on the couch, at the computer… And there’s nothing wrong with enjoying an episode here and there or spending time on your computer system during your free time, but the routine can really take its toll on our body and minds. Take the opportunity to break out of your routine and try new things.
Routines and Free Time
Now, we slow down for different reasons and we don’t always have a choice in the matter. Circumstances come up unexpectedly and we make the best out of things. Sometimes, work requires it. If we get busy, our leisure time is the first thing to go. Our bodies naturally slow down as we crawl up in years. If we get hurt, we need to take the time to heal. But, the real secret is to avoid staying put and getting comfortable when those roadblocks are gone.
Take the Opportunity – Use the Spark of Ignition
We get pockets of free time in life that are opportunities to try new things, make healthy and fun changes, spend time with others, and challenge ourselves. They say that youth is wasted on the young. When you’re passionate and idealistic, full of energy, with all the time in the world, you have no money, independence, control, or freedom. By the time you grow older, settle down, get a good job, refocus on family and responsibilities, and maybe even have kids, that energy and idealism can get muted.
It takes work to keep that spark lit. But, the best part is that it can come from unexpected places – from reading back on old letters and books, looking back at old photos, and playing your favorite albums, to playing new video games, trying out the latest virtual reality tech, visiting somewhere new that you’ve never been, or – even – making the choice to start knocking things off of your bucket list. Whatever causes that re-ignition, it’s a beautiful thing when you’re rearing to go again.
Two Types of Happiness and Well-Being
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for what’s best for you. What you should think about is that there are 2 different types of happiness:
There are the things you do that give you immediate satisfaction and pleasure, but don’t add to your long-term fulfillment. Watching TV at the end of a long day is a good example of this. Your level of stress is lower while you’re watching the episode, but as soon as that screen turns off you go right back to feeling drained. On the other hand, going out and exercising is more draining while you do it – and you might not even think you’ve got it in you at the time, but as soon as you’re done, you feel calm and relaxed for the rest of the night.
The other type of happiness is the type that you have got to put in work to see gains, sacrificing now for later. Deep down I really believe that we all know what we want and what we have to do to get there. We all know that if we could just push a little and get through the first while of effort we’d be that much closer to our ideal, whatever that may be.
What Now? Take the Opportunity!
Keep your eyes open for those pockets of free time and opportunity. Don’t let them go unused. In the end, there’s so much you can do today to build the happiness of tomorrow. So, keep on looking for that spark of ignition and always be ready to take the opportunity. You never know where you might find it.
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