Have you ever had those days where you're just like: nope. not today.
Those days where everything is sort of 'bleh' and you're just not finding your usual happiness in things?
Then you have those other days, where everything is amazing and beautiful and happy?
Or maybe you usually have those 'bleh' days, but you really wish you were the kind of person who was happy literally all the time?
I'm a mix. Most of the time I'm really joyful and happy-go-lucky and positive, but I have my days when I'm not.
Particularly recently, actually, I've had to work extra hard to be my overly cheerful self. Last week I started my own business, moved in with my boyfriend, and got a new baby puppy. All in a span of three days. CRAZY. Needless to say, life has been a little hectic.
I have been SO stressed about all this -- there's boxes all over my apartment, there's a puppy running the show, there's a mile long list of emails I haven't read yet, for some reason X, Y, and Z aren't working on my site, my Saturday night plans were missed due to falling asleep on the couch at 8, and the majority of my previously romantic conversations with my boyfriend have been regarding our dog's bowel movements and feeding schedule. What happened to my happy-go-lucky, carefree, romantic life of wonder and opportunity and excitement? Wasn't owning my own business and living with the love of my life and an adorable puppy in a big beautiful apartment with a view supposed to be living the dream?!
I took a step back and looked at my life. I'm such an idiot.
After a yoga & meditation session I looked at my life again. This time, I shifted my perspective, shook my head, and laughed.
I. am. so. blessed.
I have to pick up dog poop 3+ times per day? suddenly became: My dog is healthy.
There's boxes all over the place! -- We are so lucky to have so many nice things to put in boxes.
I have 5879378247 emails I haven't replied to yet! -- Wow! People know my business and want to email me!
I fell asleep on the couch at 8 pm...again. -- Well that's good, I need the energy to work hard tomorrow!
How are the floors already dirty? -- e have floors to play fetch on and a roof over our heads to keep us safe.
My boyfriend and I have had more conversations about our dog than anything else this week. -- I'm so lucky to have found someone so caring and able to love and share a little creature with me.
The kitchen is a mess! -- Man, we had so much fun cooking a lovely dinner together last night.
Perspective is key. You can look as aspects of your life from several different lenses. Sometimes, life can seem pretty dismal (far worse than my trivial problems), but if you try hard enough, you can find the light. If you can't find it, be it.
So today, take a step back and look at the challenges in your life through a different lens. Share in the comments your old challenge and new perspective, I'd love to get more ideas! :)
Photos by Mariya Moore