Sometimes we find ourselves trying to live with something that is unacceptable but we don’t realize it because of its insidious onset – it crept up on us so gradually that we didn’t even notice the change. It’s like the (scientifically unsound) metaphor of the frog in the pot – it’ll jump out if put in a pot of boiling water, but if put in a pot of cool water that is slowly brought to boiling it will sit there until it boils to death.
We need to notice things creeping up on us but it can be hard since life is distracting. You focus on what needs immediate attention and then one day you turn back to yourself and notice you haven’t been happy in a while. Don’t accept unhappiness. Change the situation or change your mindset about it. Jump out before you boil.