Your problems are probably boring, but don’t worry most of mine are too.
What if instead of measuring the success of our lives by the good and by ‘counting our blessings’ and creating a ‘grateful state of mind’, we measured our lives by the interestingness of our problems?
No matter where you’re at, you’re going to have problems bundled into your experience. It’s part of the human condition. We can never escape this part of ourselves, but it’s not like we’d want to anyways.
When there are no problems, there is no growth. There is no tension.
When a rubber band lies untaught on the table it’s not going anywhere. But, pull back to create a little tension and that little thing will fly across the room. Seeing new sights, breathing new air.
We are the same. Different chemical substrates, but the same core, matter and all.
An interesting problem challenges you, makes you uncomfortable, and forces you to become a greater version of yourself.
Instead of having a systemic problem, one where you blame the world or a fill in the blank institution, you have a problem that requires a new level of thinking or being from yourself.
Quality problems, quality life.