Sometimes, I think the whole process of moving out into the world, from childhood to adulthood, from student to member of the workforce, from novice to expert, is all the same process of learning to handle more with less. More work with less sleep. More stress with less certainty of success. More emotional upheaval with less retreat to recover. More expectations with less room for error.
Eventually, the time comes when a person is going to need something to backfill all the ‘less’ that has been sacrificed to the ‘more.’ And how a person goes about that is as unique as the person.
For me, it kinda depends what I need.
If I need meditation, or just calming the hell down, I turn to this song, specifically written and arranged to help people relax.
If I need a 1 minute giggle, plus some insight into something totally random, I find something from QI.
Or maybe I dig into the archives of MST3K.
If I need my faith in the world restored, I go watch Matt Harding’s videos.
Or maybe this from The Trevor Project.
If I’m feeling nostalgic for the place I grew up, or I want to get emotional and feel the blood thumping adrenaline of my favorite sport, I’ve got the Buffalo Sabres 06-07 season opening.
And that’s just the stuff off the top of my head that helps. A handful of videos that can reset my head and give me a little more to handle the less. If I had to, I could list dozens of songs and stories, each of which can bring me back to a better place. Each of which can make the world seem less heavy and more manageable.
Sometimes you really do just have to buckle down and handle the more with the less you’ve got.
I hope you have your own ways to even the score and get a little more back, too.