How We Can Embrace Our Differences in Preferences

There is a lot of emphasis placed on finding value in life. We are told to find the things that matter and avoid the things that don’t. We judge others for placing emotional emphasis on one thing when we believe other things to be more important. Sports are a great example of this, as many people believe games to be unworthy of emotional investment. After all, it’s just a bunch of people throwing a ball around or passing a puck to each other, right? What’s the value in that? Well, the value is that it brings people happiness and joy. Different things make each of us happy in life, but we all deserve to be satisfied. Various things help us deal with the harder parts of being human, so wherever that joy may come from, it is beautiful that it exists at all. So what gives us the right to tell someone that their form of happiness is flawed or wrong? We should not be holding these kinds of things against a person just for being happy. Instead, we should celebrate our own ways of finding joy in life, especially when that joy can do so much for our mental health. 

Find Joy in the Little Things

We have to find the little things that will bring us happiness when we go through recovery. Mental illness has a genuinely terrifying knack for stripping us of our joy. It is an unfortunate part of our reality. But if we can find happiness – no matter where – we can be in much better shape. It is easy to succumb to the voices telling us that it is stupid to care so much about one thing. It is easy to believe that our passions are foolish or childish, but they are not. In fact, being able to find those sources of happiness and indulging in them is a sign of maturity. It shows that you are comfortable with yourself, you understand yourself, and you are not afraid to be who you are. If a person chooses to look down on you for your passions, it’s typically because they envy you. They wish they had something to be as passionate about as you are. Whether it be sports, video games, books, or comic books, embrace the hobbies which give you a feeling of pure, genuine joy. Ignore the opinions of bitter people.

Be Mindful of How You Perceive Others

This brings us to the next topic: our perception of others. We all need to be open-minded about how different people are. We need to do a better job of understanding that our preferences are not the same as others. Some people will find joy in the things that we do not and vice versa. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, our individuality is what makes being human so beautiful. If you find yourself holding someone’s passion against them, reflect on yourself, and figure out why you think that is. Of course, there are exceptions. If a person’s passion is harmful to another person, or if they use that passion as an excuse to behave negatively, that is not okay or healthy. If appropriate, we should call attention to this toxic behavior or excuse ourselves from the situation. In other cases, a person’s passion can be detrimental to their own health, and we can catch that as well. We all need to be more self-reflective as we move forward. Looking out for ourselves and for others is a great way to make the world a much better place. 

Accept Passions & Hobbies, Both Yours and Others

Passion comes in different shapes and sizes. We all have different interests and hobbies, different ideas, and thoughts. We shouldn’t put each other down for engaging in something we don’t enjoy unless that thing is harmful to themselves or others. Our world is built upon a foundation of differing views and perspectives, which should be celebrated and not belittled. We should embrace each other for what makes us unique. Find the things that we enjoy and let others find what works for them. By tearing down these barriers of judgment, we can begin to build bridges instead. We can start to connect to each other, again, as we have always been able to do. Let us find happiness and keep our mental health in a good place. The world could be so much brighter if we could just stop seeing each other negatively for our differences and begin to celebrate them as truly beautiful.

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]