I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Poor hamsters. They’re stuck in their tiny cages with much energy to burn. Hamsters in the wild are constantly on the move. They may not be speed demons, but they always go here and there. Wild hamsters have large territories that take up much more space than the few square feet pet hamsters have to call home.
If you’ve ever had one of these whiskered rodents as a pet, you’re probably familiar with the iconic hamster’s wheel. If your pet hamster was kept in your bedroom, you are all too familiar with the seemingly ceaseless nighttime runs your energetic hamster would go for on the wheel.
That little guy seems to never tire of running on that wheel and getting nowhere.
Our lives are much like that of hamsters sometimes. We go and go and go and don’t make much progress. Blame it on the demands of modern living or whatever you want. The more energy we expend and the faster we go, the less we accomplish.
Something else happens as well, and it’s just as unfortunate. Ask a constantly busy person who’s always running around like their head is on fire how many smile-inducing, uplifting, enjoyable moments he’s had recently, and he’ll look at you like you’re crazy.
He doesn’t have time to enjoy life. He has too much to do!
He has that idea because society often demands that you always seek to do and achieve and experience more, which doesn’t allow you time to appreciate and enjoy your life.
Embody the Rogue Hamster
Be the rogue hamster, the one that wakes up one day and says, “I’ve had enough. I’m not getting back on that wheel. I am going to lounge around and enjoy myself for a change. No more constantly spinning my wheels (pun intended) and getting nowhere. It’s time to slow down and enjoy my life before I don’t have any life left to enjoy.”
Protest your busy life. Slow down and actually take a look at what’s happening. We are only here for a brief amount of time. Shouldn’t that time be spent creating wonderful memories rather than trying to get through life as if it were some punishment?
Stop and smell the roses. Run around in the rain like you did when you were a kid. Treat yourself to that decadent dessert you love every once in a while. Chase that dream you’ve always had, the one you said you were only putting on the back burner for a little while, but something you haven’t considered seriously in years.
Look around. What are some wonderful blessings you have to be so grateful for? Are there people in your life who deserve recognition for being so amazing? Tell them how great they are. Spend time with them.
Crash out on your couch or your recliner and do nothing at all. Take some time to watch the sunrise. Watch it set. Take up a hobby. Jump off the pointless hamster wheel that rushes you to the end of your life without letting you experience the journey.
Get off the pointless hamster wheel that modern life says you must run on to earn the right to run on it some more. The most precious commodity in life is time. None of us are guaranteed any amount of it. Be appreciative of the time you’ve been given by spending it doing things that promote joy and happiness instead of rushing through what time you have.
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