Monday, June 15, 2015

Stand Up & Brush Your Knees Off

Let's be real.We all have days that make us feel like life is one big joke. We feel like we are the newest zoo attraction on display and the whole world is just waiting for us to do something. We cry, we scream, we bury our faces in pillows and shove our spoons into ice cream. These strategies are just a temporary fix to the bigger problems in our lives that we either ignore or just haven't had a clear enough mind to uncover. Eventually you have to realize that nothing is going to change until your attitude does.

Sometimes you just get dealt a really shitty hand of cards, but complaining endlessly about them isn't going to put them in the hands of someone else. And as far as social media goes - posting for support is one thing, posting for pity is another. It's not right to expect the world to absorb your problems, especially if you aren't doing all that you can to combat them - attitude adjustments included.
You have to be willing to put your best foot forward and approach tough situations positively, and you can't do that if you're constantly focusing on the negative.

Learn to live by the motto: "Control what you can. Accept what you can't." Don't let something that you have no influence over regularly influence your life and your attitude. The more you sit around moping about what is going wrong, the less you will be appreciative of what is going right. You have to ask yourself if you're doing everything you can to make this situation better or if you're choosing to complain instead of taking action.

It's also important not to let your current situation keep you from doing the things that make you happy. Ask yourself, "When is the last time I *insert thing you love here*?" If you struggle to find the answer, maybe it's time you allow yourself space from the things that are causing you anxiety and give yourself the opportunity to embrace something you love. I know you want to make the excuse that you won't be able to enjoy it because of your other worries, but instead of simply refusing - do yourself a favor and try. You might be pleasantly surprised by your ability to put it out of mind and you might actually enjoy yourself for the first time in a long time.

Life is never going to be perfect. Not even the richest, the happiest, or the smartest people have it together 100% of the time. We always want to think our problems are the worst problems and that we don't deserve them, but you just have to remember that you are capable of overcoming them. In the end of it all you will most likely be a better person as a result of the difficulties you've faced, but for the time being just stand up and brush your knees off - it will all work out.

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