We all know the saying, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” right? Well what happens when life doesn’t hand you these lemons? How do you go about making your lemonade? The answer is simple; you must improvise.
I hope that by now you get where I am going with this. Life is not always fair and things are not always going to go your way. In fact, there may be times when things rarely ever seem to go your way, which is the point I’ve become all too familiar with. I continuously tell myself that things are going to get better and that God has a beautiful plan in the end, but we all know how hard it is to truly convince oneself of this. You can talk to your friends and family to seek comfort and advice in times of trial though the fact of the matter is that they are not you. They will never truly know what you are feeling because they are not inside your mind. This is where you must make the decision to step up and take control. No one is in charge of your life except for you (don’t get me wrong, God is there too but he isn’t in charge of how you deal with what life throws your way). You have to take ownership of your life and make a conscious effort to stay positive when your world seems to be full of negativity.
I strongly believe that the way we live our lives is fully governed by our mindset. If we wake up in the morning with the mindset that life is wonderful, the earth is beautiful, people are intriguing, and that it is just a blessing to live another day to be apart of it all, then heck, life is going to be fan-freaking-tastic! I constantly think back to a Ted Talk I watched while shadowing at a rehab hospital, which discussed why we should treat everyone we meet as if they are a special guest rather than someone we just tolerate. The short clip discusses an airport bus driver from Sweden who everyday welcomes people on the bus with a smile, jokes, and flowers. When the man is asked “why are you like this?”, he responds with “it is a choice I make every morning”. He then goes on to say that “no one can spoil his day without his permission”. If this bus driver decides to see a line full of idiots waiting to ride his bus then that is all they will be. If he decides to see a bus full of unique individuals then that is what they will be; it all depends on your outlook. It is the choice you make every morning that determines how not only your day but also your life will go. The talk then ends with the man saying, “you never know if this is the last day you will go to work, so why not make it a good one”.
He is so right its insane. Life is unpredictable, which is both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. We must make a choice every morning to make today a good day, the BEST day. And negative things may happen throughout the day that make you angry, frustrated, or sad (such is life) but you must stay strong. I deeply believe that it is much easier to throw in the towel and say “life sucks, I’m done trying” then to actually try. Your true strength comes from your ability to cope with the tough times in life and your ability to say “I will not let this (or these) problems get in the way of me living a good, impactful life”. So I challenge you to wake up each day and say to yourself that TODAY IS GOING TO BE GREAT!