I’ve spent the past few days soaking up the kindness and wisdom of others. Everyone keeps insisting I am lucky to be where I am, and I’m starting to believe them. I might be a single twenty-something without a clear career path, but I have the freedom to do so much more because of all these things.
Some people like to say most things in life come down to choice. You determine your own happiness, you choose to be as successful as you wish, et cetera. What an easy perspective! Every now and then even I will tell myself the world is my oyster, but choice isn’t really all that makes up life. Approaching each day with a “Yes!” or “No.” attitude will only get you so far.
Of course, some parts of life are indeed that simple. An entire day can fall apart if you choose to let it, and vice versa. The messier, larger bits of life aren’t always going to be so black and white. Some things change and affect you without your permission. In your life, people and situations influence how you make or don’t make those choices; sometimes you won’t even realize the impression made until well after the relationship is over or that circumstance has been resolved.
Making the choice to hold your head up high in defeat, to demand respect when you are mistreated, to be positive in the face of overwhelming negativity… these are the sort of decisions that I honestly believe enhance your life for the better. As a pseudo-realist, I struggle with that “glass-half-empty” mentality on a pretty frequent basis, but I trust the power of positive thinking. Half the battle is all in your mind, anyway.