The Highs Without The Lows?
Yesterday on Linkedin I saw this post from James Routledge and it really resonated with me.
James Routledge on LinkedIn: Yesterday I wanted to jump for joy 🤩 I was happy 😃 But I didn | 10…
Yesterday I wanted to jump for joy 🤩 I was happy 😃 But I didn't jump 👇🏼 Nor did I fully allow myself to feel that…
Give it a read, it is short.
James is the founder of Sanctus, a business focused on mental health in the workplace (it is a lot more than just that really).
Here is a bit that stuck with me:
Because what if?
Because if I let myself feel it, I’ll jinx it.
Because I shouldn’t feel happy, life should be hard right?
Anyone else resonate with that?
I had a period of about 7 years where it was almost comical all the ‘bad’ things that happened to my family & I. To the point I was half-waiting for a piano to fall from the sky while I walked on the pavement (sidewalk for my America frens). I didn’t celebrate the wins because I was waiting for the next bad thing.
Anyway, I realised I have often felt like that above. Like joy is something to be afraid of, because it’ll jinx it, or something to feel guilty about because things went well and everything should be a grind. I suspect this is more common than people realise.
Learning to see the positives in the unknowns, the excitement of not knowing what is around the corner, the fun in the chaos. Optimism is powerful, in life, investing, everything.
Plus there are always silver linings, I nearly died when I got type 1 diabetes. I was incredibly lucky as I had deteriorated to such a point. Now I take care of myself better than I probably would have without diabetes. It has taken me to some great places, I have raised money for charity, been able to meet some awesome people and it has given me a different perspective on life and how precious it is, and how important it is to live it. There are a million other positives too.
James’ post also made me think, is it possible to have the extreme-highs without the extreme-lows? I have always experienced both, but if you shallow out the lows does the same thing apply to the highs?
I don’t have an answer.
Maybe I need to become more like the farmer…maybe
Or maybe I don’t need to be like anything…maybe.