Why (Framework) traveling will not make you happy.
We all had this thought that only if we went to another country like Tokyo, Japan, for two weeks, we would be so much happier, relaxed, and creative.
Because your current city is so boring and nothing happens. You have seen the old town a thousand times; you went to that bar with the whiskey sour cocktail to often, it is nothing special anymore; the people you know are just complaining all day long and are doing nothing that excites you anymore.
If you would be in Tokyo, you could see all these new streets, and you would visit the Tokyo sky tree. Ahh, sky tree doesn't that alone sound so exciting? You would try Sakė the Japanese alcohol drink made out of rice. Also, you know that you would meet many new inspiring people because you know that Japanese culture is more group-oriented and you would find a fantastic group where you would blossom like a beautiful red camellia in the morning sun.
Doesn't that sound like a dream come true? But then the only thing you feel and see is the daily routine around you. All the refreshing things are somewhere outside but not here. Right now for you, it looks like everything is normal and dull.
It is like with this new Framework everybody is talking about. Let's call that framework
superiorJS. You are reading this blog post with the title:
10 reasons why superiorJS is the best thing ever happened to web development or
Why you should use superiorJS right now. But you just learned
fancyJS and it is not that exciting anymore. It is routine for you because you are using it daily and if you could use superiorJS right now you blossom like a beautiful red camellia in the morning sun.
So you moved to Tokyo, Japan, because you found a company that uses superiorJS. Your dream has finally come true! You are super excited and the first month is over, and you feel great. You feel like the past month was the best in your life! Everything is so exciting and new! Even just going to the grocery store, it is exciting because you still find new things like Kitkat with matcha tea taste. Isn't that amazing?
After two months you are not that excited any more you found out that you don't like sake and you can not see the matcha tea KitKat anymore. Tokyo is a big city, and you feel alone, even there are 14 million people around you. Oh and superiorJS feels like fancyJS, and you had to implement the dropdown component now in superiorJS instead of fancyJS. So you have done the same task, and it is so tedious. You wish you had never moved and stayed with fancyJS.
So what happened here? Why do you have the same feelings in Tokyo as in your old city, and why does the new framework feel like the old framework now? What is the constant here?
Yes, it is you and your thoughts! You forget that most often we overvalue new shiny things and undervalue the pleasure in finding meaning in the regular daily routine we do. The problem with obsessing about new experiences is that they are unique just for a few moments. They will get consistent and routine kicks in again.
How can we escape this endless loop of suffering?
The answer is gratitude!
But what does gratitude mean?
It's the warm feeling you get when you remember the person who told you to drop your 1980s hairstyle and get with the new millennium already.
Gratitude is when you sit down in a lonely moment and think what a wonder it is that your parents found together and their partners found each other and so on for thousands of years! And you are that fantastic outcome of that!
Gratitude is when you were standing in line at a grocery store, and it takes longer than you think: "Wow I'm so lucky that I can buy this food and don't have to starve like millions of other people! I don't even have the right to complain!"
Gratitude is when someone is telling you a story, and you are so fascinated about that person that this person smiles back at you that you are listening.
Behind every person is a fascinating story! You just have to listen!
Gratitude is using
fancyJS and saying thank you to all the contributors and hours of work spent by other people because
fancyJS is free and open source!
Gratitude is saying taking a deep breath and thanking yourself what you have accomplished with
fancyJS and that
superiorJS is also a fantastic framework, but currently you can get your work done with
fancyJS and you are happy with that.
You can find gratitude in everything you just need to search for it! Jumping from country to country or framework to the framework will not make you happy!
Thanks for reading!