My Key To Happiness
It's something that every human being seeks to find in life.
Sometimes, we surround ourselves with materialistic things in order to build a sense of happiness. Sometimes, we settle for what we have and call ourselves happy, even though that is far from the truth.
The thing is, I wish I could cure every disease and prevent bad things from happening in the world and ensure that everybody is well-settled financially so that the overall global struggle is alleviated. That would make me happy, and I'm sure that would make the world a happier place, too.
But I can't do that. I can't do those things. What I can tell you, though, is that throughout the past ten years of this illness, I have learned one important lesson: LET GO OF THE B.S.
Simple enough, right?
No but really, it actually is simple. There are so many things that "irk" us on a daily basis: the subway is late, there's traffic on the way to work, they ran out of the best yogurt flavour at the grocery store, the guy at Starbucks got my order wrong. We also deal with many interpersonal relationships and conflicts that can influence how our day unfolds: my mom didn't do my laundry on time, the test our teacher gave us was so unfair, my husband forgot to pick up the dry cleaning, my sister borrowed my top and got a stain on it.
So what do we do?
LET IT GO. Seriously, let it go! You can be upset for a couple minutes... I mean, I'm not asking you not to care about anything at all. So be upset. Call your best friend and complain, or bitch to your co-worker at the coffee stand. But please, after those couple of minutes, let it go. DO NOT let it influence your morning, day, or night. It's just not worth it!
Imagine how much happier you could be if you didn't hold on to all of these hassles. So what if the guy at the gas station was rude to you? Yeah, it sucked. It was uncalled for and inappropriate. But you know what? If he is unhappy with something, that's on him. That doesn't belong to you. You have your own life to live, and your own dreams to work towards.
It's a process, really, of training your brain not to be affected by these things. Next time you are in a situation where something "irks" you, get mad about it for a split second, take a deep breath, and let it out. Move on. Focus on enjoying your day and don't let anyone else's negativity impact YOUR life. Again, if they choose to have a sour attitude and a negative perspective on things, that's on them. You have too much living ahead of you; don't let the daily hassles stand in your way of happiness!
Try it. Try the simple act of letting go of the B.S. and watch it transform your life. I dare you to be happy. I dare you.