Coming around again – not just for Carly Simon

I was driving and listening to a song that I hadn’t heard for a long time. I couldn’t remember the artist name but then it came to me. I remembered listening to it on record and how surprised and pleased I was to first hear it. Then I realized something I was bored of it. The song had been overplayed on the radio like many songs unfortunately are. My point? That when over time we get bored with something, it was because our life has been rich enough to have that experience in the first place.

I was thinking that many people in the world don’t have the opportunity to experience culture, music, shows, video games in the way that we do in the United States. Most people in the world just struggle to get by, so entertainment is often an afterthought. Whenever we who are rich enough and spoiled enough feel “boredom” it is a testament to the richness and diversity of our lives.

Another realization is that sometimes we are impatient to try things, yet we often have many chances to experiences things in our lives. Not just once, but sometimes we have the opportunity to experience thing many times in our lives. Is this not a miracle? It has been said that even the richest kings in the past did not have the standard of living that the average person enjoys today. With our advanced medical care, good nutrition and technology we have lives that could not have been imagined just 50 years ago. We are able to LARP our way in the past, and add parts to ourselves to approach a Borg future. We have choice like never before yet people are unhappy? How can this be?

I don’t pretend to have the answers, but it seems to me that the more I have been grateful and appreciate the things that I have in my life the happier I have been. Maybe we don’t need more stuff, we just need more perspective and gratitude towards the stuff already in our lives.