You don’t get enough sleep. You don’t get enough healthy food. You don’t get enough exercise. You don’t get enough recognition at work. You don’t make enough money. You don’t get enough attention from your significant other. You’re living at a deficit and you’re not alone.
I bet a great majority of us can say that we are lacking in one or more of these categories. I know I can. In fact, we’re bombarded with messages every day from the news media telling us that we don’t get enough sleep or we don’t eat right or exercise enough. As much BS as we hear from the talking heads, there is some truth to all this. We need more of the essential things in life in order to be happy and healthy.
The things that I mentioned above are just the basics, though. There are more aspects of our lives that are sadly neglected and cause us to not be satisfied with out lives. You don’t exercise your creativity enough. You don’t get enough mental stimulation. You don’t get enough sex. You don’t get enough relaxation time. You don’t have enough peace.
This is a lot, isn’t it? There is so much more to life than the daily grind we put ourselves through every day. We’ve created this culture where we put a few things first and let the rest just fend for themselves. No wonder our passion and creativity tend to wither away and die as we get older. All the interesting parts of being human get worn away by the daily minutiae that consume our attention.
Yes, we need to make a living. We need to put food on the table and keep the lights on and roof over our heads. Yet, we’re so exhausted by this pursuit that we don’t have time to do the things that make us grow as human beings. We don’t have time to do the things that bring us real satisfaction, that feed our inner selves.
We concentrate so much on the mundane, physical needs that keep body and soul together that we miss out on those that feed the spirit. No, I’m not talking religion here, but that could be an aspect that you might find lacking in your life. Regardless, feeding the mind and spirit is an essential part of achieving a sense of balance that will lead you to happiness in life.
The moral of this story is to take time to do things that develop your vital, human, creative spirit. Listen to more music that you used to listen to in college, back when you were learning daily and discovering the world. Read books that make you think and feel something. Check out some offbeat movies that aren’t just full of car chases and explosions. Join a social group and meet new people who share your passions. Set aside some time for meditation. Take a day for yourself to do nothing and see where it leads you.
There are so many amazing things in this big world that’s getting bigger every day. We tend to prioritize the drudgery rather than the enjoyment, though. For once, let’s put the pieces of our lives in perspective and choose to put our inner, spiritual selves first on the list. We’ve been neglecting them for a long time.