You are the best readers.
Seriously, among other notes of gratitude that are clearly warranted after writing yesterday’s post, one is that I am so lucky to have such a smart, kind, and insightful community commenting on this blog.
So, thank you!
I wanted to provide additional info on a few of your suggestions there.
1- Excellent podcast rec. Greg McKeown‘s interview of Arthur Brooks was indeed a worthy listen. I love the idea of actively managing one’s wants to promote happiness. I had also never considered the downside of the “bucket list” idea. (Referring more to those lists comprising “lavish and high-reaching items to complete before death” than “a few fun summer activities”).
2- Maintaining gratitude and perspective is really important. Not only do these help avoid the negative feelings that may have come through in yesterday’s post, but they are just R E A L I T Y. As Alyce insightfully noted, very VERY few people can actually afford the entire list shown. Those that can are probably literal royalty or from multiple generations of wealth. (Or, as many pointed out, they appear to be living the dream but in actuality are in debt and the appearance is more of an illusion of wealth).
3- Instagram (or certain environments — and truthfully, our current locale is much more down to earth than Miami Beach!) may be problematic in this way. Sigh. I keep waffling about where there is a role for this app in my life at all. Maybe the answer is actually just a simple . . . “no”.
In honor of the above, a short gratitude list for the day.
Just 3 things out of many many possibilities to be grateful for this morning:
1- G did well at the dentist! Even though I wasn’t there. And I got to FaceTime her afterwards. And she clearly was paying attention because when I got home she said “I didn’t eat for 30 minutes and I need to floss at night.” (30 minutes was after her fluoride)
2- I have a more flexible day today. Yesterday was a packed clinical day (though I had the honor of working with a fantastic new resident, which made it more fun) but today is more of a GET THINGS DONE day. Only 2 meetings scheduled.
3- Online workouts are really great. I still would like to eventually venture back to in-person yoga, but doing strength at home is so convenient. As soon as I hit publish I will be jumping into a 30 minute Strength for Runners.