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The Four States of Being

Sadie Quimby

Posted on September 21, 2020 15:46

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One night I had a realization that I think might help me organize my life better, and maybe help other people as well.

I realized that basically there are only four states of being: learning, doing, thinking and escaping. There's a lot of other ones you can probably think of, but I'll explain what I mean.

Learning is the amount of time you dedicate to learning. This is the most straightforward one. If you're a student, then your learning is already laid out for you, but of course, you can learn on your own as well. As someone who isn't currently enrolled in college, I'm not learning that much anymore. I've resolved to learn more, to educate myself about important things happening in the world. Aside from the essentials, I want to get back into learning things for the joy of learning, which is a skill so many of us forget.

Doing is doing things; working, doing tasks you've been putting off, practicing skills. Like many people, I make a list of things I need to do at some point, and then I proceed to never do those things. What I've realized recently is that it helps to write down a time to do a specific thing. There will still be times you forgot to do it, but don't get mad at yourself. There's usually time to do that task the next day, and hopefully, over time you'll get better at remembering.

Thinking is something we all do automatically, so maybe it's odd that I want to improve my thinking. Still, I'm the only person I have to be around constantly, so I want to be interesting to myself. Being bad company to yourself is a drag. I have a theory that if I learn about all the things that interest me, and read fascinating books, I'll be able to have more interesting conversations with myself. So, if you find yourself boring sometimes, try stocking your brain grocery with better foods and see if that makes more interesting brain meals.

Escaping is doing things for fun or to escape reality. Currently, I spend too much time in this category, as I'm sure many of us are doing right now. It's hard to think about actual reality sometimes, but it's probably not healthy to spend all your time in a fantasy world. It's a balancing act because some escape and relaxation time is necessary for your sanity. Spending time reading whatever books you want, playing games, and watching tv is also a worthwhile way to spend your time, you just can't let it be how you spend most of your time.

I'll end this with a reminder: it's never too late to change your life. If you feel like you're in a rut, or are unsatisfied with something about your life, you can resolve to change it right then. And most of all, be patient with yourself. Change takes time, so just try your best to keep moving forward.

Sadie Quimby

Posted on September 21, 2020 15:46

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