"In this fucked up world all you can hope for is change, and I'd rather be a hypocrite to you now than a zombie forever."

Friday, 15 June 2012

How to be optimistic about life (even on a bad day)

Everybody : Hurrah!

Today I completed a 3 hour exam on my minor subject of Media and Cultural Studies which (hopefully) went quite well. I love achieving things in the morning because it makes me feel so much better for the rest of the day! Especially when they're of importance and will affect my future...now if only I could remember that productivity makes you happier than idle procrastination all of the time.
Same goes for you reader, unless you're super productive anyway. In which case I congratulate you with only a tiny tinge of envy.

Usually when I post on this blog of mine, I avidly write this week's edition of TilT (see below for definition) and I'll explain why I'm eager to do so. I won't make any absolute statements that I don't know the answers to, such as "you only get one life" because I think a lot of us are hoping that's not necessarily true. Or that we will continue somehow in a higher plain, or maybe none of the 'above''. Any reaction is fine but one thing is for sure and that is the fact that you are here now. On this blessed earth with so much to be thankful for and look forward to. Even if it takes you some heavy thinking to realise it. When things go wrong it's natural to think about the bad things and healthily to temporarily get upset about them but a good way of dealing with it isn't to let it ruin your view of the world/your life/yourself/the day you're having but to accept it and remain optimistic.

Exhibit A: The bus was late, causing you to arrive late for work (through no fault of your own) so you're frustrated because that means your boss will be dismissive of you for the rest of the day. You get grumpy and complain mentally for a bit or maybe you feel upset at the injustice of the situation.

 But I implore you to never let anything 'ruin your day' ever again. Even if it's really quite serious: compartmentalising issues helps to keep us sane. Let your emotions out, tell a friend about whatever irked you and proceed to choose to let it go. Circumstances don't dictate how you feel - they influence how you feel and your mental strength provides you with perspective again. Any method will do but the important thing is to let it go. Let the bad things go and keep your focus on the good in life. Be grateful and be optimistic; it'll make you feel better than being miserable!

There is so much good in the world to make you happy. So, the bus was late. However you were consequently able to look at that beautifully high-cheekboned specimen for a good 12 minutes longer than you usually do. For the fourth day in a row it has been sunny so you've been able to wear that new skirt you're momentarily in love with. A friend of yours that you haven't spoken to since high school recently got in touch with you and you feel glad that you made a good impression on somebody. There will be these little blessings that you're ignoring in favour of the bad - you just have to look for them. Those were just minor examples of the beauty you can find around you and the ways you can appreciate it. Do so - it's good for you!

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