Endurance for the Weary

Artist Tip of the Day: Everyone has the same amount of time in a day, and have something in life that makes that time a little harder to manage or endure. We may not share the same hardships, but we all share the fact that life waits for no one. So pick yourself up, and keep moving forward. You've got this.

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Getting things done is always a challenge. Sometimes it's our busy schedules or complicated life that gets in the way of our goals, or sometimes it's our work environment or our physical/mental struggles we go through everyday. You think "Everything would be so much easier if... I didn't have to work two jobs... I didn't have to deal with relationship issues... I had a larger and quieter space to work in... I wasn't depressed all the time... I didn't have back or wrist problems." It's common to think these thoughts, and we're always wanting to improve our lives in some way to make everything easier to manage, endure, and succeed in. However, constantly reflecting on the negatives will only bring you down. I know this all too well, and have endured more in the past year than I've had in my entire life. Reflecting back on all the struggles, the one lesson that always comes back to mind is that life will never wait for you to get better. It will not wait for you, and will continue to move forward whether you choose to get up and walk or get dragged behind. It's easy to give up and get dragged. It's not easy to get up, walk, and constantly pick yourself up every time you fall. Both are painful paths but one at least gives you the chance to live and attempt to be happy. 

Now I know this is easier said than done, believe me. There have been so many times I wanted to throw it all away. Sometimes it will feel like no one is there to support you, or care for you. And sometimes it'll feel like you just have to walk the path by yourself and endure everything that you'll encounter. I'll tell you right now that there is always someone who cares. Not just in what you have to offer, but in you as a person. Remind yourself of the compliments you've been given, or the laughter and smiles you've shared with someone. Someone is always caring for you, whether you can see it or not. Always remember that life is a learning experience and sometimes it hits us sooner and harder than others.

Struggles and hardships will always seem unfair. And sure, life isn't fair. However, your perspective on a matter can help you get through it all. I can say I've gone through a lot, and I deserve things to get better. I deserve more than this heartache. What does that change? Not much, really, except for me being a whiny, frustrated, depressed person who eventually no one will want to hang around. Even if it's true, it doesn't change the fact that I'm focusing more on the negatives than moving on with my life. Remember that things could always get worse, but they're not. Cherish those who care for you, be grateful for what you have, forgive those who have done you wrong, and move on from what's already been done. Tackle everything in life one at a time. You don't want to overwhelm yourself and carry more burden than you're used to. Whatever you do, don't run away, but instead grow from your experiences.

Some fun ways of remembering to keep positive is having constant reminders. One of my friends keeps a "positive journal" where she writes only the good memories down. Another friend writes happy notes and sticks them around her room, or hides them in a friend's room. I write long statements or bible verses on paper, decorate it, and hang them around my room in locations I'm likely to see everyday at least once. Compliment someone everyday. Smile. Be open to changes. Everything has a way of working itself out.

Share with me what you do to keep happy, and get through the hardships. I'd love to hear your experiences.  

Best,
Mina