ssɐlƃ ƃuᴉʞool ǝɥʇ ɥƃnoɹɥ┴
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Florida, Oosa
When things are bad, I would have to agree with others when it comes to the fear of dying. I don't think that is enough to keep me going for the long term though, if every day was filled with anxiety and depression I know I would put an end to the misery eventually because I am weak. A week filled with misery, to a month perhaps two months, I think fear of dying would be a strong deterrent. I don't think I am strong enough to hold on much longer than that unless I knew things were going to get better. I think you could add the sense of guilt over leaving loved ones in there as well, but at some point I think even that would have its limits if I were in a state of constant misery.
I think for day to day life, it comes down to being able to hack your own mind into viewing things a certain way - at least it is for me. People often say optimists are delusional, pessimists are realists, etc, etc.. I think it is important to realize that ultimately, the chances are very likely that we are all delusional, and incapable of understanding reality at a fundamental level because we are ill equipped to. It is important to realize that, because people tend to put more stock into being negative, when doing so is more often counterproductive and not beneficial to every scenario, in fact to the majority of them.
In short, I have the capacity to look at the positive or negative of any one thing, I can choose to look at the horrible outcomes that could happen, or I can choose to look at the beneficial. I can also choose to look at both, but for trivial things, why bother? I can draw a picture, just for the enjoyment of it - without needing to concentrate at how lousy of an artist I am. Do you see what I mean? It is all about hacking the brain, with a fine tool mind you ;p Allowing myself to enjoy things, is very important to getting through day to day life.
So yeah, what keeps me going is the way I think about things. When I have no control over that, it is the fear of dying, or guilt of leaving behind loved ones.
Live and let live
"Whoever fights monsters should
see to it that in the process he does not become a
monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss,
the abyss will gaze back into you."