“Remember that you are an actor in a play, playing a character according to the will of the playwright – if a short play, then it’s short; if long, long. If he wishes you to play the beggar, play even that role well.” Epictetus, Enchiridion.
Do the best you can with what you have in the moment, in the here-and-now. Struggling against what is, bemoaning the hand of cards you’ve been dealt and wishing for something different only burns up your emotional energy. It gets you nowhere.
You have two options: wish for a virtual reality headset for Christmas, or learn to accept what is and be active in changing those things you can control or influence.
If you’re the donkey in the nativity play, remember: not all donkeys have to be like Eeyore.
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