Safetysuit – These Times

Everyone experiences trauma in their lives. Sarah Silverman suggests that we do not always realize it because there is no soundtrack informing us how to feel. Humans are incredibly resilient though, and we learn to adapt to situations of stress. When something is normal, we don’t believe it is a problem and it requires some sort of dissonance to create upheaval in our routines. This goes for getting out of an unhealthy relationship or losing weight. Until you realize that there is a problem, you cannot address it. When we judge others for the way they are living, it is because we see from a different vantage point. We do not have the comfort of their routine, despite how it may seem like a bad situation. The months leading up to stepping into the gym, I was drinking at least 5-6 cans of soda a day (at least). Looking back, that was a terribly unhealthy way to be treating myself, but the soda tasted delicious, and why would we want to deny ourselves something that gives us pleasure? We don’t, not unless something more important takes over. Especially when you are young, having the self-awareness, education, and ability to major life changes seem abstract and difficult. Hopelessness (aside from apathy) can cause a person to sit in stasis for their entire life, never having that dissonance they need. Situations can pass, and if we have the ability and self-awareness to understand how to make a change, then difficult situations become easier to handle. Working out our minds to deal with challenges allows us to develop a mental toughness that allows us to persevere and be resilient. So, if you are going through a difficult time and you are aware that you need to make a change, you are already on your way to a better situation. The next step is finding support and methods to tackle the issue. These times are hard, but they will pass.

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