A Reason To Be Happy

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New article, new wisdom about to be dropped on yo' heads.
But no really, I hope you find this article to be helpful, and that it makes your day at least a bit brighter. c:

Submitted: September 18, 2016

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For about a week now, I was feeling really upset. Like really upset. It's like a wave of bad memories and fear and insecurity just crashed upon me, and I just let myself sink in it. I'm not the type to let everyone I'm close to know that I'm sad, which is why this might come off as surprising to some of you guys. Saying what's wrong is very hard for me, so if I ever ranted to you, it means I trust you A LOT.

Anyways, so while I was wallowing in my pit of self-depreciation, I stumbled upon an Instagram post, with quite a long caption below it. I was bored, so I read it, and it was about this:

In summary, the person who posted it had cancer and was on her way to a chemotherapy session. She said that although she has cancer, she was actually pretty happy with her life.

And no, she didn't mention that she's actually a millionaire, or that she traveled all around the world, or that she's marrying her soulmate. The reasons she's happy are that she "can wake up and see the sunrise, she can eat fresh fruits and veggies, she has friends and a family who love her, she can listen to beautiful melodies and make good memories."

Now, that's not the entire caption, but that part, those couple of sentences, they stood out to me the most. I read that post, and just went on to the next one. But when I gave it more thought, as in I really reflected on it, something (not literally) hit me:

"Why was I sad, again?"

Just like that, thanks to an Instagram post, those bad memories and anxiety left me. I went back to my pink cloud, and if you don't know me that well, and have no idea what the hell the pink cloud even is, I'm just saying I went back to being my usual self. My usual airheaded, dorky self, and I was happy about it.

"Hey, Christy, do you mind getting to the point of this article already? Or is this just going to be about you and your bad week and how quickly you get over shit and-"

Well jeez, I was getting to the point. In fact I'm going to get to it right now.

If you're sad and you're reading this, I'm not trying to demean your problems because 'somebody probably has it worse'. When you're overwhelmed by your problems and your sadness, it feels like everything in your life is broken and needs to be fixed.

And that's not true, because just like that girl said, you can still see a new day at the end of your night, you still have food to eat, you're still loved and you probably have people that you love yourself, you still can listen to your favorite songs and feel inspired by them.

Those things, unless something drastically bad happens, you'll still have them. They're yours to keep. Even if your food is mostly ramen and that someone who loves you is actually your pet dog, that still counts. Even if your favorite music is in a different language and you have to look up the translated lyrics, it still counts. Even if the only good memory you had today is when you were making an omelette and one egg had two yolks inside it, it still counts. They count, because they're still something, no matter how trivial they might seem.

Next time you're told to count your blessings, and have no idea what to even count, remember these things: You have a roof over your head, you don't go to bed on an empty stomach, you love and are loved, you have music to listen to and video games to play and places to visit and new friends to make. Life will never truly stop for you, no matter how sad you are. And no matter how much you might want to give up on life, remember that life itself will never give up on you.

 

In case my article didn't make you feel a bit happier, here's some funny stuff I found online:

 

I hope that helped! Have a good day everyone! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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