Subtitled: Your Session is Stale. Please Refresh.
When I figure out a way that doesn’t involve the use of Schedule I narcotics, I’ll let you know.
The hardest chemicals I ingest are vitamins/supplements and caffeine. But back to our topic.
Depending on who you ask, a motivated and positive outlook can be achieved by cranking up your favorite tunes to counting your blessings. The former I find detrimental (unless you want to be deaf) and the latter is simply cheesy.
The reality is that one person’s motivational tools may be lame and just plain unworkable to someone else. And you could read self-help books on the matter til you go blind or shit, but in the end, it all comes down to you.
What will work for you long term is the key, but arriving at that point will require a certain degree of initiative and effort on your part. You’re going to have to look deep within yourself and determine what really does or does not do it for you. And if you are able to achieve that much, then realize that sometimes, what works during one particular instance may not work during another.
Case in point: Well over a decade ago a car accident smashed my tibia and took away my life for two years because that’s how long it took me to undergo the surgeries and physical therapy. And a dozen years later almost to the date of the previous event, an SUV mowed me down at a red light crossing the street and broke the other leg.
I wasn’t very positive during either event, but I was, however, exceptionally motivated. I realized early on that if I didn’t have this going for me, then the alternative was not being able to walk again. This was motivation at gun point, but it still worked in spades, nonetheless.
But personally, I find that it is easier to rehab a shattered bone than it is to maintain a positive outlook, particularly when it seems like nothing substantive ever comes from walking off prolonged adversity with just a smile.
When the black, poison cloud stays permanently stationed directly overhead, what do you do–
Exercise? (Endorphins and adrenaline are two of my favorite chemicals, I must admit. But the buzz doesn’t last very long.)
Escape into a book? (Works nicely but again, longevity is a problem.)
Fall in love? (Please. Let’s come back to reality, shall we– No one wants to know you when you’re down & out.)
Listen to music? (Stay away from Pink Floyd and The Cure and you’ll probably be OK.)
Lose yourself by having sex? (Not likely. You’ll be lucky if you can persuade your own hand to participate if you’re in a black mood.)
Kill someone? (You could exercise this option, but then you run into the age-old problem of where to hide the bodies and not everyone wants to help.)
I suppose that the argument can be made that if you didn’t think so hard about it in the first place then there wouldn’t be a problem. So to all those readers in the ignorance-is-bliss camp, congratulations are in order. You’ve figured out what works for you. (Or have you?)
But this particular mindset does not do a damn thing for me.
I think maybe the secret to staying positive is to avoid negative people and events and just fake it til you make it, but then again, this sounds suspiciously to me like willful blissful ignorance.
So I am putting the question to the readers to ask them to share with the rest of us what works for you?
And if not, then you can go fuck yourself.
With a chainsaw.
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