On Making Life Unproblematical
"Life is not problematical. We make it problematical. Because we're all listening to someone else, to something, without listening to ourselves."
I was watching an interview by the legendary Eartha Kitt on the series, Speaking Freely and a small part of her interview caught my attention. In it, she states that often, we make life problematical (I know the word doesn't looks real, but it is). She cites the source of these problems as us looking at any and everything except ourselves. Instead of being concerned with what we need and have going on, we look at the lives of others and the things we see on social media perhaps. We clutter our lives with our job, our "situationships", school work, extracirricular activities, and even our "friends." We can get so invested in impressing others that we buy unnecessary things to front, and waste our time pretending to be someone that we are not. Besides living fraudulently, we end up carrying all this stuff as baggage. With all of these things in our way, our viewpoint gets clouded and the simpleness of life is blocked. You can't see how good it can be because you have all of these things in your way. When you take a real step back and put your problems into perspective, you realize that a lot of them are invented or problems that you can, figuratively and literally, throw away. Barring all structural inequality that exists to hold you back, there is a big chance that you create a number of the problems that you have. Instead of "sweating the small stuff" that are in your control and living probelmatical, as Madam Kitt says, take the time to identity what is crowding your perspective. When you declutter and simplify any excess issues, you can appreciate the beauty and the potential simpleness of life. The clutter brings about worry and anxiety. You end up too busy worrying to actually live your life. The key to living an unproblematical life is taking a step back, removing the stuff that crowd you, and appreciating the fact that life can be as simple as you make it.
"A problem is something you make. A life is something you live."
P.S. I've decided to start incoporating scriptures into some of my posts. These verses will align with the themes of the post and will hopefully serve as sources of inspiration for my readers during the rest of the week. Today's scripture can be found below!