Competition will kill you.

The hustle will not love you back.

xine way
4 min readSep 16, 2023
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I’m writing this urgently because I’ve come to a realization.

Not much in life is guaranteed besides the fact that you’ll die, and the people around you will eventually die.

This makes every moment precious.

When people say, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” you know it’s true.

But it’s also true that when you compare a minor problem of your own to an existential problem that someone else has, it puts your problem into perspective.

Anyway. I digress. What I mean to say is the hedonic treadmill isn’t leading you anywhere.

What you have to do to break free is to really savor the moments you have, even when you’re upset.

It sounds close to impossible when you’re not in a good mood.

Let me explain:

Impermanence is the nature of things.

The negative feelings you experience will not last forever.

The positive feelings you experience will pass as well.

You need to focus on the present while also planning for the future.

To be honest, there’s no one way to plan for every instance.



xine way

Aspiring librarian who writes, games, and walks on the side. Always happy to connect with writers on Medium!