Prescription for Pessimism
I was born to be a pessimist, my blood type is B negative.
Okay, well I'm not always a pessimist. And that is not even my real blood type, it is actually O-, but you know, even that didn't work out for the sake of this blog post.
Honestly, I feel very blessed to have food to eat, a bed to sleep in and beautiful friends and family who have my back through anything. But the past two weeks have been beyond a joke! I have been the laughing stock amongst my friends who have decided that I am "cursed"- and here is why:
- I burnt half my hand on a pot and have had an unsightly blister ever since.
- I got pulled up by a cop for "Not coming to a complete stop" at a stop sign (at least I made the attempt to try to stop).
- I was trying to submit an assignment online at uni and the submission box crashed 5 times when I was trying to save/upload it.
- The online submission closed without my assignment in it.
- I shattered my phone and damaged the sim card reader, which is pretty hard (and expensive to get replaced).
- I have missed almost every bus I have tried to catch.
- I have broken just about every electronic device that I have touched.
- I have run out of petrol and had to be pushed to a petrol station.
- I have been held up in traffic for hours on end.
- I got charged $27 for 10 minutes of parking when I went to submit an assignment at uni.
- The assignment I submitted then miraculously disappeared from the box I submitted it into so I had to submit it AGAIN.
- I got trapped in an elevator for an hour.
The list goes on, and on, AND ON! Although some of the other things are quite funny, I'll keep the rest on the down low just to protect those involved.
I'm not sure if it could be called 'bad luck' or just sheer stupidity, but my series of unfortunate events had me in tears late last week. I seriously couldn't work out what was wrong with me. I was trapped in this fatalistic mindset when all I really needed was an attitude adjustment. Instead of being disappointed and holding on to this mountain of petty little problems, I had to put things into perspective and realize that a lot of people have it WAY worse than me. Sure it highlighted areas that I needed to work on but some things were just plain bad luck and all I could do is laugh and move on.
I love the saying "you can't have a positive life with a negative mind". Happiness is a choice that we can choose to make every day. It was so easy for me to choose to be happy when my life consisted of no school and endless days of beaches and sunshine, but as reality starts setting in I need to be constantly reminding myself not to fall into the trap of my own pessimism.
This week I am going to choose to be bigger than the tiny little problems of last week. Seriously, worst case scenario is that I pay a few hundred to repair everything I broke and re-sit a few papers but all I can do is pray for the best.