Let’s face it – there are times when life sucks. You fall sick during finals week, or your cat dies, or you have a major falling out with a loved one. Some days, it’s easy to shrug off these crises and go on with your intended schedule. Other days, a feeling of unease covers your head, making everything feel just a little bit more terrible.
But, you know what? That’s life – in fact, that’s your life, and even if it’s been a bad day, it’s a day in your life that you’ll never get back. If you can’t enjoy a specific incident, then you can at least try to learn from it.
Take, for instance, falling sick and not doing well on an important exam. Sure, you could cry and eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s…and in fact, go ahead. #nojudging
But, after you’re done moping and throwing your pity party, take a step back. What can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen again? What are the positives in this situation? How would your hero/ideal version of you react to this situation?
In the example of falling ill during an exam (something that has happened to me before), I learnt from that experience. Now, I make sure that I eat healthy foods, sleep 8+ hours, and avoid getting into fights with loved ones before an important event. On the plus side of that epic academic failure, I survived and still managed to get into a good university – something I was sure would never happen because I did so badly on that one test. Academics are important, but your health and well-being should always take priority.
This mentality of constantly learning can – and should – be applied to every aspect of your life. I say this as I, myself, work on incorporating this attitude into my personality. Whether it’s something with school, work, friends, family, or even your private thoughts, a problem doesn’t have to be a black stain, forever marking where you messed up and weren’t perfect. A problem is just an opportunity to learn, and grow, and become even more mature and experienced.
Good things should be celebrated, and bad things should be learnt from. That way no time in your wonderful life is wasted, and you can, hopefully, experience as much happiness as possible.