I saw this quote the other day and it made me laugh...but then it got me thinking.
How often do we subscribe to other peoples problems? We allow others to soak up our days, complaining about their lives and issues. I get that it's easy to subscribe to things. We subscribe to newsletters in our emails, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, but what about those subscriptions that we'd rather cancel? We can easily make the choice to cancel Netflix to save money, so why can't we cancel subscriptions to the things that leave us feeling empty? I know it's hard to pick friends who only lift you up. I find myself making excuses for people like "Well, she's just going through hard time." But what about family? Do we have an excuse for them too? We allow them to tell us their issues with an unlimited subscription, not caring how much it affects us in the end. Imagine how much money that would cost a month?! Good grief! I don't care how much money you have, none of us can afford that. What about how much it costs us emotionally to have to subscribe to alllll these issues of the people in our lives? How often does it start affecting our own sanity? Sure, we all have issues, but do we really need to discuss them all the time? I think it depends. If you're complaining all the time and spreading negativity into other peoples' lives, how is that affecting you really? Are you allowing yourself to only talk about you and how you can't ever get ahead? Or are you putting your head down and doing something about it? I know it's easier said than done. But if we focused half the amount of time we do on our own lives instead of wishing they were someone else's, imagine how much further we'd be.
My perspective continues to change as an adult. I'll soon be in my thirties and I know there is only more wisdom to come. But I can't help but wonder, what are we allowing to change us and mold us? Is it the wrong kind of influences? Are we conforming to the actions of others, subscribing to things that drain our battery, instead of charging it? I don't know about you, but I want to be fulfilled. Which means canceling every subscription necessary that doesn't bring peace and purpose into my life. If you feel like those around you are dragging you down, let them go and cancel that subscription. Cut it up just like you do that annoying junk mail, no one wants that. Life is too short to be negatively affected by the people in our lives. If they happen to be family members, then allow yourself a safe distance between the two of you. You don't have to completely cut people off to unsubscribe. Give this some thought. I guarantee it'll open your mind.