Positive things I’m telling myself right now
You know those days where it’s not so easy to stay positive? Yeah, it’s one of those. I don’t know about you, but the past week or so have been pretty rough. Like, time to crawl into bed and hide under the covers until the month is over rough. But I’ve taken the time to dwell and mope and be miserable and I’d really, really like to come out the other side now.
So, here’s some happy thoughts that I’m going to use to get me there. Maybe they’ll help you, too.
There are millions and millions of good people
We all dwell on the hurtful people, the violent ones, the scary ones, or just the douchebags we talk to on tinder. But there are so many good people. The ones who give you extra munchkins in your Dunkin order. The ones who hold the door and pick up the groceries you drop. People who will donate thousands of dollars to a good cause and never brag about it for the praise. Friends who will drop everything to help you when you need them. Kindness is everywhere, it just doesn’t get the same press.
It’s never too late to try
Sometimes I get swept up in how old I am and what I’ve accomplished compared to everyone I know, but it’s honestly irrelevant. It’s never too late for me or you or anyone to try something new. I’m tired of telling myself I’ve missed my chance to do something special. My best ideas haven’t come yet and they’re waiting for me to find them and write them. You haven’t missed all your chances yet either.
In my saddest moments, I still always have my cats. They’re my best buds and I am certain they are magic. Plus, I frequently steal my neighbors dogs for cuddles. And follow an obscene number of animal accounts on instagram. The fact that we get to share the planet with so many animals is one of my greatest joys, and it will always help me to remember that.
Tom Hanks is going to play Fred Rogers
I grew up watching Mister Rogers. There was no one else like him and never will be. But I sure will settle for watching America’s dad, Tom Hanks, put on a sweater and make me cry with puppets. It doesn’t get much more positive than that. Here’s the trailer – you’re welcome.
We’re getting closer and closer to Election Day
I think everyone knows just how unhappy I am with our current administration and our president. So, every day I’m feeling upset or scared or horrified I just remind myself – election day will be coming before too long. I mean, still way too long if you ask me, but we’re getting there. If you’re able to, please vote. Register. Do your research. Everyone’s voice matters.
You’ve made it through 100% of your bad days
This isn’t an original thought by any means, but it’s one that has helped me a lot over the years. Even when things were at the worst, life kept going and I’m still here. When things are crappy, it helps to zoom out a little and remember that it’s temporary and survivable. I inherited the tendency to turn everything into a catastrophe from my mom. Turns out that 95% of the time? Not actually a catastrophe.
Sometimes you just have to take all the small things and smoosh them together to make things feel less sucky. Alrighty August, let’s make you better than the last few months. Sending all of you some positive vibes to start the month with!