This week’s post is a little different from the usual, but recently it has had an effect on my life so I wanted to share it with you. Over the past month I have known two people that have passed away suddenly and well before their time. They were not people that I was personally close to, but they were people that I knew and that were close to my family and friends. Dealing with someone’s passing and watching the ones you love deal with the pain that goes along with saying goodbye is difficult, and it is a testament to how truly precious life is.
I have also been dealing with the stress that accompanies succeeding at a new university, building relationships, trying to find a job, and learning how to manage a “semi long-distance” relationship. As these things collide together, it sometimes becomes difficult for me to stay upbeat and positive.
But you know what? These things are all a part of life, and truthfully they are all a part of what makes life beautiful. And this past month has taught me that the little things that creep up and threaten to ruin our mood are not worth it; life is too short to have any room for stress or unhappiness.
So, some words of advice. When you’re feeling like work or school or family or friends or life isn’t treating you fairly, remember that this is a day you will never get back and you never know how much time you have with loved ones, so don’t let any of it go to waste. One of my favourite quotes speaks to this subject:
“Every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.”
It’s something that I have been reminded of recently and it has given me much-needed clarity in my life. So if you’re holding onto a grudge with someone, let it go. Tired of putting all your effort into school or work and feeling like you’re getting nothing in return? Don’t believe it. Just having one of those days and feeling blue? Remember everything in life that makes you happy and how incredibly lucky you are to have it. And lastly, make the most of every day. I know the phrase has been beaten to death by greeting cards and inspirational wallpapers, but it is nonetheless so true.
These are all things that I am currently – and still need to keep – working on, but I hope that all of you can apply this advice to your life however you think it needs to be and spend each moment with the people you love feeling happy and thankful.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their someone special, but to leave this on a not-so-sad note, here are three pictures of the cutest puppies ever, and the last one is a picture of my own two dogs. =)
Have a wonderful week everyone.