One of the paradoxes of humanity that I deal with the most, is how incredibly simple humans are, and yet how complicated we make it.
We're designed for survival.
We're hardwired for survival.
We're programmed for survival.
We need connection, touch, a sense of freedom, meaning, feeling in control and that there is certainty in our environment, we need to feel like we belong and that we matter and to contribute. We need to feel safe and secure. We need creative pursuits - from crave paintings to developing an entirely unique way to make, hear and appreciate music.
At the heart of it all lies survival.
When you look at any mental health issue or life dissatisfaction, you'll see that some of our basic needs aren't being met.
We might say that we're surviving but not thriving.
That's where we become deeply complex entities.
We have evolved to inherit such a unique and elaborate brain that scientists still can't figure them out.
One of its gifts - or curses - is our ability to think ourselves unhappy.
By taking semantics like surviving or thriving and turn them into existential crises.
To develop complicated mental health conditions based on a simple unmet need, like connection and overcomplicating the route back to health by using clever words formulated as excuses, instead of seeking the simple solution of re-connecting.
By arguing for our lack of talent and fear of judgement, leading to creative hunger, instead of just creating.
Giving away control to others instead of claiming our own freedom.
Thinking thriving means a bigger house, a better holiday, a promotion, more stuff, instead of meaning quality time with family and friends, to smile when the sun hits your face, to go to bed with a full belly every night.
What are you overcomplicating to avoid a greater sense of satisfaction in life?
What basic needs are you not feeding, creating a story so complex it's paralysing you from action?
Until next time, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices!
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