“Everyone’s Life sucks, your life sucks, my life sucks too. I’m sure mine doesn’t suck quite as much as yours.” This is one of my favorite Jerry Seinfeld jokes, mostly because it’s true.
Everyone’s life sucks and you can’t change that. But as Jerry reminds us later in the joke, “sucks and great are pretty close.” Sometimes my life sucks, but most of the time it doesn’t, and those are the times that make the bad times bearable.
The truth is, we all have this illusion that it’s possible to live your life to the fullest and never worry about anything. We’re all chasing the idea that one day we could possibly have everything we ever wanted, all of the joy, and none of the pain.
The sad truth is, my life sucks and so does yours. Now let’s do something about that!
Tim’s post actually shared many highlights of his life, all things that outweighed the bad 10 to 1. Tim could have shared only the good news and we’d all go on continuing to think he was a superhero whose life was better than ours. Luckily, he shared the ugly as well, and this gives us hope.
Your life doesn’t have to suck and here is why:
My life sucks. It’s true; we all have hard days. The day I wrote this post, my blog had just set a record for unique visitors. This, of course, was great news. But at least once in the day I thought to myself “my life sucks.” Bad things will happen even on your best days.
Tim’s life sucks. In a world where everyone on the Internet is talking about how great they are (just look at your Facebook News Feed) we begin to develop a warped sense of ourselves. The truth is, even our heroes are human and sleep in until 11:30am or consider selling everything and moving far away.
It’s all about perspective. My favorite scene in “The Noticer”, by Andy Andrews, shows Andy and Jones sitting on the beach eating Vienna sausages and sardines. Doesn’t sound that great, does it? But to Jones, he’s dining al fresco and enjoying a delicious surf and turf meal. It’s all about perspective.
You still have a purpose. The simple fact that you’re still here on earth tells you that you still have a purpose to fulfill. Fulfilling a purpose brings the greatest joy. Therefore, you’ve got something to look forward to.
When I find my self thinking “my life sucks,” I pick myself up and follow this routine that gets me out of the funk instantly:
- Stand up
- Turn on Music
- Open the blinds, or turn on a light
- Turn on my Focus Time App
- Spend 20 minutes writing down everything I should be doing
- Circle the top 3
- Write down the next action for each
- Get some water
- Reset my Focus Time App for 55 minutes
- Start on Item 1
Being productive is the best way to defeat the “my life sucks” attitude. Productivity helps you find your passion and your purpose. Your life doesn’t suck; it only sucks until you get up and do something about it.
How many times in the last week have you thought, “my life sucks?”