Ever get the Sunday scaries? The dreads? The blues? Whatever term you use, it is the phenomenon of the anxiety and depression that sets in around mid-afternoon on Sundays, and almost 80% of Americans have experienced this at some point in their lives.
And, not to alarm anyone, but Monday mornings are the highest incidence of heart attacks.
This is real, folks. But why?
“People no longer live by sun and moon, by wind and stars, but by some slyly contrived conventions known as clocks and calendars.” ― Matthew Goldman
This is (almost) the title of a book that was written as a parody to the more popular book on the KonMari method. The reader can fill in their own ‘bleep’.
Based on reviews, the point of the book is not that we are supposed to not care about anything, but rather focus on the things that bring us value and make a better world, and forget the things that bring us stress and negativity, and don’t help us live a better life.
Thanksgiving… probably the most revered and iconic American holiday. It is also a time for a guilt-free feeding frenzy. So, whether your fixings are made from scratch, or come from a box, bottle or a can, it seems that food is so cheap and plentiful in this country, and shelf-lives are so long, that everyone can participate in a Thanksgiving dinner in some form or another.
It is normal for humans to feast, we shouldn’t feel deprived during this holiday. As hunter-gathers, we didn’t have refrigeration, so a large kill had to be a feast. But then, for a few days (or longer), afterwards, we would graze on foraging plant matter and eat much lighter while we rest up for the next big hunt.
So, in this time of too much food, and even more food waste, more and more Americans are finding themselves feeling the discomfort of being overstuffed, rather than the pangs of hunger.
So, before and after the feasting, try a little fasting.
Human beings have evolved over millions of years, as nomadic hunter-gatherers. It was only a little over 10,000 years ago that agriculture and farming started, which has shaped our modern world.
For better or worse, we have a mostly agrarian society and this makes it hard for some of us to express our more wild, primal, nomadic genes.
While many people assimilate just fine into the status quo of modern society, many others struggle with finding deep satisfaction in a modern world.
With over 2/3rds of Americans unhappy and an all time high of anti-anxiety/anti-depressant pharmaceutical use, this difference in individuality needs to be acknowledged and addressed for a more prosperous, productive and peaceful society.
While most of us fall somewhere in between, each individual will have stronger tendencies towards one or the other. There is no right or wrong, just a difference, and it is important to know this in order to thrive in work and life.
So, let’s do the analysis…
Clutter is not just physical. It is mental, financial and emotional also.
The statistics are:
- Only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.
- The diet industry makes about $20 Billion annually, while 108 Million people are on a diet at one given time and dieters make about 4-5 attempts per year.
- 60% of the workforce claims they want to start a business, but only 20% actually do that, and up to 80% of those close up within 18 months.
Why is this? Because we tend to have the wrong motivations.
This is a profound sentiment from Mary Oliver because we are animalistic by nature. We were hunters and gatherers long before we became farmers.
And many of us still have that need… that must… to be a little wild and free from time to time.
What will you do with your one wild and precious life? Will you collect more stuff? Will you identify self-worth with the type of car you drive, the size of your home, the labels you wear, or your job title?
None of that is inherently bad, and can be quite fun, but does it satisfy your inner primal being? You know, that soul who longs for freedom, adventure and meaning?
Let’s make the journey as meaningful as the destination of your legacy.
- Create a vision board
- Set some D.U.M.B. goals
Imagine that you are already living the life of your dreams. Then unleash yourself and go after those dreams with passion and purpose!