I have a whole thought process I wanted to write out this morning and less than ten minutes to do it ONCE AGAIN. Gah. There is never enough time, it seems.
One of my friends was recently writing about his ideas on whether or not therapy felt like the appropriate move in his life, and it got me thinking quite a bit. I realized that therapy is a way of life to me in a similar way that money is a way of life to many others. When I say “many others,” I mean many—my dad, my brother, my friends, my clients. I see it in all contexts of my life.
In the past, I would have judged them, because of unresolved childhood issues I had with my dad, as having gotten it wrong. Today, however, I have come to the conclusion that to label a whole way of life as “right” or “wrong” is too rigid and short-sited. Not to mention, a lack of money has without a doubt impacted the quality of my life. So at this point, to disregard it as a major factor in life would be willfully ignorant of me.
So, yes, money is a way of life for many people—some quite successful, others less successful, and some minimally successful. And I think the same could be said for people like me, who view therapy as a way of life. Choosing this way can result in varying levels of success. And there are other ways, too. Some people choose to center their lives around religion, spirituality, politics, health, etc. Ideally, we could do it all, but the reality is that we have limited resources, and we must choose where to focus ourselves.
Of all the ways people can choose to live their lives, I’ve chosen to focus on money and therapy in this entry because these are the most prominent ways the people in my life have chosen. They also seem to be on opposite sides of a spectrum. Put most simply, money is about external satisfaction and therapy is about internal satisfaction.
Because I fancy myself an intellectual, I have a strong desire to meet other intellectual people who have this way of life in common with me. I think to myself, imagine how fun the conversation could be. It’s kind of like how, when you watch a good TV show, you want other people to watch it so you can talk about it. Sure, I could talk about therapy type stuff with people who don’t go to therapy, but that would be the equivalent of talking about a TV show with someone who hasn’t seen it. They might know the characters and the general plot line, but they won’t know the details. They won’t get the deeper stuff.
I guess all I’m saying is that I cannot even discuss this with my friends and family objectively at all. For me, it gets personal very quickly.
Times up. Gotta run. Until next time <3
Last updated August 02, 2020