One of my greatest existential flaws is that I tend to fall into the trap of looking to the future so much (“I will be happy when “x” happens”) that I often forget to appreciate the small happy moments that I’m in.
Although it’s not beneficial to “postpone” your happiness into the future, there are some things that we just have to do as grownups when preparing for the future that can make us happier or help us reach our goals. Diet and exercise are good examples, as they are things that you can work towards each day that have incredible impacts upon your future physical and mental health.
But let’s be honest you aren’t wanting to hear me slap you in the brain with more vegetable talk right now, so let’s talk about some other simple as fuck things you can do in the short term that have the potential to dramatically unfuck your life and increase your happiness in the days to come.
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Simple Ways to Unfuck Your Life and Be Happier
Get your ass out of debt
Being in debt is like being under an invisible 2 ton pile of dog shit. You can’t really see it so it kind of doesn’t feel real, but at the same time it’s fucking heavy, it stinks, and it’s a potential barrier to things you need because people/companies etc. don’t want to be near it.
However getting out of debt can be easier than it seems. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Simply replace 1 fast food meal or 2 coffees per month by putting the 5 or 10 dollars you would have spent on top of your minimum payment for the debt you owe with the most interest.
The is is the start of your debt avalanche payoff technique. Once you become addicted to paying off debt (and you will be, because paying interest is essentially throwing money away) you can gradually increase the number you are putting towards this to get out of debt faster.
Interest is fucking evil and awful and you do not need to be lining the pockets of some fucking bank asshole when you can take that money and do something way more productive with it. The problem with debt is it seems really fucking overwhelming but doing simple things like this that only require teeny tiny life changes can unfuck your financial situation in a BIG way over time.
We got out of $80000 worth of debt and I can tell you that being debt free feels AMAZING.
You are a glowy, nuturing Earth Goddess! Kids are terrifying, soothe your aching uterus with potted plants. If you are reading this and you’re a man, chin up! I’m not excluding you. Get a potted plant and grow your own uterus… The one that’s in your heart. Things are getting weird but that’s ok, your strong manly hearterus can handle it.
And when I say plant something, I mean plant something that will have interactive value in your life in the future. Something that you can look at, smell, or eat with the knowledge that it was cultivated and nurtured by you. For bonus points, do this with kids if you have them. Kids fucking love dirt and making shit happen, so you can share this experience with them while also helping them feel a sense of pride and self sufficiency. Bonus points, doing shit like this gets you way better parenting points then watching Paw Patrol until you are having deeply disturbing semi-erotic dreams about Mayor Goodway’s purse chicken.
Keep in mind you do not need much space to do this! My son and I planted some of our homemade seed paper in a ratty old solo cup like a couple of old ladies trying to spruce up a frat party. We love saying good morning to our little sprouts everyday.
Tackle one thing on your to do list that has been nagging at you.
Look at all that shit you’re avoiding!
Now take a look around, identify what those things are, and just…fucking….DO THEM.
If you are feeling really ambitious, find the job you want to do the least and do that one first. The avoidance of tasks can drain a lot of mental energy and cause a lot of stress. And let’s be honest- you need that mental energy to keep up with this blog (boom).
There are a variety of reason why we procrastinate, but action really is the only remedy. You’ll probably find that worrying about doing the task was much worse than actually tackling it head on.
Connect with people.
Actual real life humans! Not online.
Hey you look over there, its a window! See that shit on the other side?? That’s called the world and yes it’s scary and full of assholes but sometimes you gotta just get out there and smell a stranger.
You know that feeling you get from getting really pissed off by some random at the mall? Kind of exhilarating right? Maybe it’s the thrill of human connection?