It is no secret that 2019 has been a year full of challenges for me - personally, professionally, and academically. Although I know that I am constantly becoming a more resilient person, sometimes I can't seem to escape my own anxious thoughts. After completing a grueling semester at school, I was surprised to find that I didn't feel much relief... but rather, I felt empty. As a first step in getting my mindset right, I took a brief social media detox this May. I needed time to myself to declutter my mind, boost my mood, and escape the mindless social media scroll. Ironically, after coming back from my brief break, I came across a thought-provoking and inspiring Instagram TV video that inspired me to write today's post.At a high level, this post explores the idea that our friends and social media are corrupting our minds and making us depressed. But how can this be true? Please keep reading to find out.
According to the Daily Mail, we'll spend an average of 3,680 hours searching or 153 days searching for lost items. On average, we lose about 9 items a day (198,743 items in a lifetime)! But just imagine - if we spend this much time just looking for lost items, how much more time do we spend cleaning? As a beauty blogger, I spend a lot of time and money buying and organizing cosmetics and clothing, but I want to reduce the clutter in my life.
This September, I've been taking part of Be More With Less's 21 day #BusyBoycott Challenge because lately I've found that my mile-long to-do lists have taken over my life and I'm seemingly spending more and more time doing things I feel I need to do, rather than things that I want to do. I want to simplify my life so that I have time to truly live for the things that bring me the most joy.
As I write this post, I am sitting on a worn-out, secondhand couch left by a former roommate. Currently, this is the only piece of furniture in my apartment that is suitable for sitting. Like many New Englanders, I am moving out of my apartment on September 1st, so much of my furniture has been sold or given to others for free.
On my commute to work, I can't help but to wonder, how many people are aiming to get through the day? How often do I start my own day thinking, I'll be happy when this day is over. Unfortunately, too many people go through life merely aiming to make it through their day. In the immortal words of Switchfoot, "I wanna thrive, not just survive." But what does it mean to thrive? Personally, when I envision the word "thrive," I see lush green vegetation blooming, regardless of the weather or the environment.