As an avid reader, I live for ‘ah-ha’ moments. When reading Mark Manson’s latest, ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life’, I stumbled upon a section that struck me by surprise.
“Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.” -Mark Manson
When you first read this it seems quite negative, however, it isn’t once you dig deeper. He explains that our lives are all about problem solving. When we solve one problem, there’s usually a series of ‘problems’ that follow. When you decide to begin exercising regularly, you no longer have the ‘problem’ of being out of shape. However, you gain a new series of problems in the sense that you now have to figure out what type of exercise you want to do, and the right time and place. You’ve essentially begun solving your first problem of being out of shape, but it also came with what I call, ‘upgraded problems’.
For second home owners, there are going to be a fair share of ‘problems’ in the overall process. Attaining that relaxation and family time that they’re looking for is going to come with some planning and headache, but so does everything else worthwhile. If you have the choice of packing your bags, loading up the car for a mountain escape, and driving a few hours; is it worth it? Are you ever going to regret quality time at the lake with your kids, or seeing them ski down a black diamond for the first time? Those memories on the mountain will forever be embedded in them, and yourself. So, what are you willing to go through to experience these priceless moments?