We all have bad days. They are inevitable. Sometimes they are life-changing and devastating. In my last article, I said that change is necessary. Change is important for personal growth. It is necessary because life wants to test your limits. It pushes you to your limits. And in that ‘make it or break it’ situation is where real growth occurs.
That being said, you still have to overcome the bad day. How do you conquer something when everything around you collapses and just nothing goes your way?
Well, yesterday my laptop died. Just two weeks before one of the biggest changes in my life, it dies and extra expenses occurred. But, worst of all, there goes all my data.
All my articles, journals, school assignments, and ideas, gone.
Note to self: Excessively back-up everything from now on.
I wouldn’t find out for five hours if anything could be recovered. Waiting five hours were like standing on upright needles, holding a pink elephant above my head.
I screamed and cried. “Why does this always happen to me?” I affirmed. I even prayed.
I lost everything.
But then, I stopped. I dug inside myself. I began to come to terms with it. I started to rationalize.
Did I really lose everything? Well, no. I’m still here. I’m still breathing, walking, thinking, and feeling. To me, that is a miracle.
You are always alive
No matter how bad the situation is, if you are able to share your experience, thoughts and feelings with anyone, even yourself, there is still something to cling on to.
I found solace in that thought.
Data is nothing when it’s compared to your own life, your own humanity. In fact, very few things are considered devastating when you compare it your existence.
Next time something dramatic happens, sit and think:
“Well, what else? Can I breathe, feel, and think? Can I walk? Can I depend on someone? Am I able to come up with ideas? Can I be grateful?”
If you can say a resounding ‘yes!’ to even one of those, then you cannot be shaken.
“I cannot be thrown off the block during this challenge. This bad day does not define who I am. It will not throw me off my course.”
That is my mantra. Try it. Repeat it yourself out loud, over and over again.
When something devastating occurs, there is nothing that can pull you out but yourself. Social circles, family and prayer will definitely help, but in the end, it lies within you.
You possess the unbridled power to change how you feel and how you react to any given situation. Introspection can do wonders when you’re having a terrible day.
Nothing is as bad as it seems when you compare it to your humanity.
As for my data, I recovered it and, through it all, I didn’t lose my sanity standing on upright needles, holding a pink elephant above my head.
Until next week my beautiful readers,
Be bold, be free, and love on.