Have you ever transplanted a houseplant into a bigger container and discovered when you pulled off the old pot that it used to fit comfortably in that the roots had grown so long and tangled, round and round, in a tight knot? You then tugged and pulled at those roots to untangle them a bit, before placing it in a new, larger container with fresh dirt where its roots could again reach out and grow, and the plant then flourished.
Well, people are the same way. We tend to sit in the same little pot for too long, our roots growing cramped and tangled and stunting our growth. As with plants, the best remedy for humans is to get out and re-pot oneself in new surroundings, new activities, new routines and new experiences.
If you’re really feeling so despondent that you’re really ready to chuck it all then, what the hell, you’ve got nothing to lose. Instead of thinking small, why not try thinking big. Forget past routines and inhibition, just go out and try new and different things. You can start small, with eating at different places, taking a different route to work, and going for a walk at night instead of watching TV. Throw out your TV. But you can also make plans for bigger changes. If you’ve got money saved up then why not quit your job and go travel for a while, in Taiwan or abroad. See places you always wanted to see. Do things you always wanted to do. I spent many months traveling in SE Asia and it was very cheap and a great way to think about life and more satisfying career alternatives.
Probably you’re not thrilled with your job. Quit. Get a different job. And start thinking about what kind of work would be more satisfying for the long-term. Someone mentioned the High School Equivalency Exam. That’s a great idea. I never graduated from High School – I got kicked out. But I took the Equivalency Exam, went on to graduate from Uni and now I’m a lawyer. If you’re very bright then chances are you’ll enjoy going back to school, learning new things, and will eventually find more satisfying work. Sure, that may seem like an impossible, long-term process, but it’s not impossible and the process can be extremely stimulating and satisfying. It’s good to have challenging goals to strive for. Without them one falls into a boring rut.
And exercise can be terrific for boosting ones spirits. When I’m feeling crappy, nothing helps like a good bike ride. If you don’t have a bike buy one. Or join the gym and start swimming or lifting or whatever. Exercise provides proven, concrete relief for despondency in the endorphins, blah blah blah. In addition it just plain feels good and helps one to feel better about ones self. Moreover, you’ll run into new people there, may just nod at first or say hello to a few folks, but eventually you could even develop new friends through such activities. Heck, the fastest way to develop new friends and get exercise would be to join up with the Forumosa Hiking Club one weekend. I’ve never joined them but it sounds like a great group of people.
Oh, well, I’ve got to get back to work. Good luck to you.