Yesterday, there was a guy who was working on installing our ice machine in our store. He told me that every time he saw me, I was always full of smiles. And it made me think that whenever I’m with the right people at work, I’m always laughing and enjoying myself. It’s just the customers who sometimes drive me crazy.
It just made me remember that you have a lot to smile for, a lot to cherish. Moments are fleeting, and I’m still trying to get out of this place. I won’t wake up and go to work here, won’t see O. singing songs in Spanish every morning. I won’t see A. give me jokingly annoyed looks and asking me if I’m going to be a jerk today – it’s like our fun is always talking smack on one another there. I won’t have R. telling me I need to answer the phone when it goes off, or other things I naturally do anyways, he just says it’s because he told me to do it.
There’s a lot when it adds up, and it always makes me smile when I think of them. So weird, so goofy, so human. Time is so fleeting, and things change so often. There are many things stressing me out these days; from doctor’s appointments, to my home life, to my personal life, to money and so on. But when it gets to be too much, sometimes you just have to remember to let go.
Let go and remember there’s something that there is something in your life, however fleeting, that can still make you smile.
It could be something so small like seeing a dog on the street. Does it make you smile? A new parent holding their baby. Someone else smiling, being happy. There are times it may make you jealous, but there are times it just warms your heart and you know that there are better things out there in life.
It’s hard to take it day by day when it feels like nothing is happening. But for some odd reason, things do start to happen. Sometimes, it’s so slow you don’t even notice it. But just like with wounds, time heals everything over time.
Stress is a wound, it wears us down and makes us weak. It’s overpowering and breaks us down sometimes. But it’s a mental wound, not a physical one. We have the power to push it back, to remember not to over think. The moment you let yourself over think, the moment you let it overwhelm you, it breaks you down. We’ve all let it get to that point. You just have to get yourself back up again and look at it from a new perspective.
Break downs are sometimes necessary. They clear your head, your heart, your soul. Maybe it takes reaching that low point to realize that there’s still chances to fix whatever is going on in your life.
So what do we do? We accept it. We accept that life sucks and there are so many things that go wrong – one thing after another and after another. It’s never ending. So you learn to suck it up, accept it, and stop letting it overpower your life. Remember, there’s still something to smile about. Work towards that. There are things that still make you happy.
It doesn’t make you selfish for wanting to be happy.
In fact, they say happy people live longer. It’s those of us who spend so much time stressing and letting everything get under our skin – that’s a recipe for growing old, and growing old fast. So take a deep breath, and let go.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Things don’t just happen, you have to have the strive to get yourself there. It starts with you.
And what better reason is there to smile about, than to know that you got yourself back up off your feet when you were all the way on the bottom.
Also, this is my 100th post on this blog, and that’s definitely something to smile about! Tomorrow starts a new month, a new challenge, and a fresh start.