Sometimes I fall off the bandwagon, but I am a true believer in keeping positive no matter what. Recently I felt like I was slipping and losing grip on that very way of life. I really do believe stress can destroy a person’s body, and I got caught up in the everyday stress of school, work, family and friends. It’s hard to separate yourself from the situation all the time. For me I need to learn to “practice what you preach” because I’m always the first one to pull out the positive pom poms and do a cheer… well for other people.
After a nice 2.5 mile run I started reflecting about the little things that make me happy and these things helped ground me to positive city. Just for my own sanity I’m going to make a list of the things I thought about before that made me realize, “hey your life is awesome”
+ as much as I really would love a new job, I am thankful I have one, especially in this economy. I also remembered what a professor from college told me 2 weeks before graduation “you always have two jobs in life, the one you got and finding the one you want”… so in light of that I have hopes that if I keep searching for a new job and going through the motions with the one I got, it’ll all be ok.
+ random acts of kindness. I was in the grocery store earlier at the checkout line and I had only a few things in my basket, maybe 10 things, but I looked behind me and an older man only had one item in his hand and I asked him if he wanted to go in front of me since I had more items. The man was very appreciative and this in turn made me happy.
+ working out, seeing results, feeling great. Enough said there, but I am truly proud of the dedication I’ve had recently to my health. It’s also great to see the results. I couldn’t help but remember how in middle school we were all required to run a time mile and I always one of like 5 kids who never finished it in time, but now I’m so far past that and makes me feel awesome.
+ my parents. As much as it’s killing me that I’m still living in my parents home and I wish so badly that I had a real job and real income that I could afford to live on my own, I’m still pretty thankful I get to see my parents everyday because they’re awesome. I quite honestly don’t know what I’d do without them, I couldn’t ask for better parents.
+ my friends and my boyfriend. They care about me and I care about them, what else do you need? I love them all deeply for their likes, dislikes, similarities and differences. They keep me grounded for sure. We know how to party and we know how to be serious. Ya know, a time to laugh, a time to cry… something like that. And they say “all you need is love” and as much as I love my friends and my boyfriend I know I’m truly loved by them all in return.
+ the golden rule. “Do onto others as you would have done onto you”. I’ve lived life like this since I learned how to live life. It’s so simple, yet so crucial.
+ connecting. I do my best daily/weekly/monthly to keep in contact with as many people as I can. I hate to burn my bridges before I cross them and hell, I just love talking to people. It sucks that you have friends that don’t live close anymore, but I do my best to send a text, an email, a letter in the mail… whatever it may be just to ensure I keep my friends/family where the belong, and that’s close!
I just needed to flesh out my thoughts onto virtual paper to keep me in check. But hopefully it’ll help some of you to not lose sight on the little things in life that keep you, you. xo