I saw this sign when I was walking out of the train station and I thought it came at the perfect time. I would love to know what inspired the person that wrote the sign.
Too often we get wrapped up in worrying about the mistakes we have made, the progress we haven’t made and all the things that are wrong with our lives.
Why didn’t I save more? Why didn’t I practice *insert skill* more? I should have this promotion by now. I could have done this. I should have said that.
I believe reflecting on the past is good. It’s a good way to avoid making the same mistakes and falling into the same unhealthy patterns of behavior. However, don’t get so wrapped up in what you have done wrong that you forget to focus on what you have done right. This is much easier said than done. Many of us struggle with this.
The ‘Fuck My Life’ monster can be hard to slay but slay the monster you must. When all the thoughts of what you have done wrong creep in, make a list of all that you have done right. When all the thoughts of what you don’t have creep in, make a list of all that you do have, no matter how small you think it is.
Some days you may feel like you have done nothing right or that you have nothing to be grateful for. On those days, focus on the possibilities. Things are shit now, but what can I do to make it better? Don’t rush yourself or compare yourself to others. You don’t know their struggle. You don’t know what they’ve had to overcome to have all that they have now.
You are human. It is alright to make mistakes. Tomorrow is a new day. Take everything one step at a time.