ANNA PENG

Stuff Happens

And when it does, it sucks for a while. 

The good news is that we get used to stuff all the time. 

It also has a name. The phenomenon of getting used to stuff is called hedonic adaptation. 

Hedonic adaptation shows us that despite positive or negative events, we inevitably find our balance and stabilize.

We intrinsically perform the balancing act even when we don’t want to.

While things might suck for a bit, we find our moments of peace and solace to keep sane. It happens.


Does Anticipation Help?

Everybody knows you can’t predict the future. You can make sweeping generalizations, but it has not been scientifically proven that humans can predict what exactly lies ahead. 

Anticipation means expecting something to come. Waiting for something to happen.

Well if it’s fact that we can’t predict what lies ahead, is it helpful to anticipate whether good or bad? Is it helpful to expect something to happen when it hasn’t happened yet, to live in a future state whereas the reality is right here, where you are right now? 

Drawing a fine line between the present and an anticipated future means having to choose between what you can do now and what you can expect to do in the future.


Is it Luck?

We’ve been given so many chances to see abundance in our lives. Oftentimes confused as not enough, not what we wanted, not the right time. 

This gift is not what I wanted.

I don’t have enough money. 

I don’t have the right skillset. 

There isn’t enough time for it. 

While we can go on and on about what we don’t have, it would help more if we talk about what we already do have, which is probably a lot.

So no, it’s not really about luck. It’s about honesty and perception.

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