I’m a thinker – with a slight tendency to over-think. So, I’m using the brain given to me very frequently and gladly: It provides me with great ideas, new concepts, tactics and projects – basically with a lot of useful and exciting input. But as probably most of you know from experience, sometimes when this focus starts shifting to more uncomfortable places and worries things can easily become messy and cause quite some frustration.
And in my opinion, if you try solving those issues and the tangle in your head by only thinking about it even more and on a deeper level – things simply don’t become any easier. Because the more you start evaluating the situation and the different inputs, the more complex the whole construct becomes. And that – naturally – doesn’t make things more transparent and obvious.
This might all sound rather confusing and psychological, BUT it brings me to the point I’m trying to make here: Having laid out principles (minimalism, Zero Waste, healthy lifestyle, etc.), concepts (drinking plenty of water, exercise a lot, meet your friends and family often, read a lot, learn new things every day, spend some time in nature, etc.) and plans (short- and long-term goals) for your life are good tools to build some kind of frame or fundament for your life. But they mustn’t be your life. BAM, take-home message.
And while I talk a lot about those concepts and ideas for optimising this and that or try to give new inputs and ideas – it should all only be about complementing the life you already have. Not replacing it with ‘better’ things. And that’s something I’ve only recently re-discovered myself. There are so many great ideas out there and I’m super-excited about all the ones I write about on this blog! But still, I must pay attention not to get to caught up in them – in order not to lose myself along the way.
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are” (Kurt Cobain – yes, I know)
So last and maybe most important: How do we do this? How can we be inspired and work on ourselves without giving up on the person we truly are? Challenging – even for generations of philosophers. But in my opinion, the answer is: Trust your gut. Trust your gut instinct (or whatever you want to call it) when you feel overwhelmed by your own thoughts or the world in general. As a start, it will always point you in the right direction – and the rest will follow. And since your gut feeling and strict principles hardly ever go in harmony – ditch the latter in favour for your gut. You can thank yourself later.
Think about it. And let me know your conclusions! I’m always curious hearing your thoughts on those ideas! And I love getting your comments and messages here and on Instagram – they make my day. Have a happy day and see you!