I’m passionate about…being excited!

It’s a new day, everyone!

Even when life is hard, it’s nice to remember that difficult times don’t last forever.

Today I’m happy, because I realise that we all have so many opportunities, always.

When I was little, I remember my older sister had trouble sleeping at night. She would get all worked up about not being able to get to sleep, she would talk to my mom and worry that she’ll never be able to sleep and she’d just always be tired. My mom would say, “Tanya, even if you tried, you wouldn’t be able to stay awake all night. Don’t worry, you’ll fall asleep.” (She was about 10 at the time, so it was very unlikely she could stay awake through the night). I often think of this, and for some reason my mind has applied it to many circumstances in my life.

Most recently, I thought of this story a couple of days ago. I was feeling especially sad, missing one of my best friends who moved across the world last week. I thought “How can I not be sad when I won’t see them for so long? Everything I do, where I live, reminds me of them.” Then I remember my mom’s advice, and I thought – even if I tried, I can’t be sad forever.

Now, maybe that’s not the most inspiring piece of advice. But it gets better. Since I had realised that eventually the sadness would wear off, I decided – why not be proactive and work it away? Instead of letting the sadness leave slowly, I’m going to instead decide to bring in happiness to my life. So that’s what I’ve done.

And guess what? It’s exciting to be happy!

 

DUH – you’re thinking. Of course it is.

But I mean, for real, deciding to be positive and think of the happy things makes me excited for life.

That’s not to say that you ignore the other emotions, I just have realised that it’s important for me to prioritize my feelings. And right now my number one priority is happiness. Not a selfish kind of feeling – like, I will do whatever is best for me – but more of a “I will do what makes me happy, and sometimes that means putting others first”. Happiness can be a complicated feeling, but it doesn’t have to be.

With each decision I can think, “will this choice make me happy, or will it cause me distress, sadness, or regret?”. Easier said than done, true. But I think that this is one epiphany I’m going to try and apply in my daily life, many times every day.

 

It’s exciting to realise that I’m really the only one in charge of how I feel. It’s empowering – and it makes me feel great. I don’t want to be unhappy, so I will choose only things which will make me happy. Why does it seem so simple?

So here’s to choosing happiness!

Sailor Moon

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