I don’t know if it’s just me but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about one thing. Why don’t achievements, cornerstones or new experiences feel that good anymore? Why is it so hard to experience adrenaline rush or feel like you’ve done something extraordinary? Is it just because we always find ourselves wanting more and more? Or because we find someone else always doing things better than us? Do we live in a world where everything is taken for granted and where we are entitled to constantly achieve new things and never settle for what we already have?
For example traveling. It’s a privilege for all of us who can travel and see the world. But still whenever we are somewhere we are already dreaming about the next place. And thinking where we can take the best pictures to post on social media to look good. And because internet and social media are full of pictures of all the places, we already know where we are going and what to expect from the place. But most likely the pictures look better than the place in real life, which leads to a disappointment.
Achievements are another thing. I always go through everything in my mind million times before anything actually happens. And trust me, I can imagine every possible occasion. And when the thing actually comes true I’m most likely already very used to the idea so it doesn’t feel that good anymore. Or maybe it doesn’t feel that good anymore because I already have the hundred other things on my mind that I have to achieve.
I find this very frustrating. I know that happiness comes from focusing on the little things and not only the big life-changing ones. Do you ever find yourself thinking about this same stuff? Do you know how to change it? Is the only way out to focus more on mindfulness and being grateful for what you already have?