I was reading an article the other day where the writer asked the subject what the best and worst day of his life have been so far. He couldn't pick just one. Some of his worst days turned into the best and vice verse, all depending on personal choices he made throughout that day.
I certainly cannot pick the best day of my life. That sounds super depressing, right? I've had thousands of great days and a significantly smaller amount of bad days. Shouldn't I be able to identify when I've been my happiest? Saddest? Am I the only one who can't pinpoint just one of each?
My best days have included getting into IU, graduating from IU, moving to Florida, moving home from Florida, getting that job I've always wanted, quitting that job I thought I wanted, packing up for Chicago, unpacking in my new apartment, meeting a great guy, dumping that guy.
Have any of those been the best day of my life? Who knows. What if one of those days is the happiest I'll ever be?! That's a terrifying thought, isn't it? Forget about how happy I was was when I met a great guy (and dumped him) -- meeting the guy will probably make me feel like I'm on a wine-induced high for years.
My worst days have been filled with heartache and questions, what if's and if only's. From a few stray tears to full-blown I-should-probably-think-about-getting-a-therapist, full bottle to empty bottle of wine, what-the-hell-is-my-purpose thought provoking evenings; they've been had.
In my post from last week I mentioned that I have to take a personal timeout when I start to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task that is life: work, post-work events, family functions, remembering birthdays, dating (the worst), volunteering, working out, working out some more (summer will be here soon, I know it). The "grind," if you will, never stops.
The solution to rid anxiety and gain peace with yourself?
"Win the Day."- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman
If you've had a terrible day and you do just one thing, ONE small thing that makes you feel accomplished, you've won the day and are no longer signaling "man down! man down!" It doesn't need to go down in the record books as one of the worst days of your life (girls are so dramatic, right?) although It's probably not going to be one of your best, either.
Small tweaks to any day can make a so-so day into one of your best and a bad day into a bearable one--and that's all we need to get by, right?
Right. And another bottle of wine.