I’ve heard it said that life is what you make it and I could not agree more! Just yesterday I was enjoying a beautiful sunny Sunday with a good friend of mine, just talking about life and all of the hardships that we’ve been through and our going through in our lives. Everything from failed relationships to loss of loved ones to family problems. Pretty much any challenge that a person could possibly be dealt.
We talked about how in our personal experiences that in time so many blessings came from our losses. We both agreed that the attitude that you choose to have makes a world of difference. It won’t erase your pain but it will make it more bearable and with time it will heal it. Making a conscience choice to be happy, recognizing blessings, and proactively taking care of your physical and mental health.
Well this morning I struggled to motivate myself out of bed to workout but then I saw a text from another friend wanting to hit the gym with me. As I was getting ready I was exploring my weekly Spotify playlist and the song Happy by Natasha Bedingfield played and it was literally a reminder of everything I had talked about with my friend just yesterday! I was SO thankful that I was given this tender mercy because I definitely was NOT feeling highly motivated to work toward my health goals.
I definitely took it as a sign that I had so much to be grateful for and that happiness was solely up to me. The chorus of the song really struck a chord.
Got my dreams, got my life, got my love
Got my friends got the sunshine above
Why am I making this hard on myself
When there’s so many beautiful reasons I have to be happy
People lie, people hide, people cry, people fight
There are so many things that trigger our anxiety, causing us to fear and doubt literally EVERYTHING and even second guess our own individual worth. Whether it’s the loss of a loved on, a broken heart, losing a job, making a big move. It’s always hard when your faced with a sudden or drastic change in your life. The unknown is scary and it’s normal to have that fear and to feel that anxiety, but don’t allow it to consume you and hold you back from living a happy life.
Natasha says it perfectly:
Any day I”ll go bad thinking bad
Everyone is against me and the world wants to fight me
Preparing to battle an enemy unseen
During my stressing I’m blinded to the lesson
That could be a blessing if I’d be confessing that the enemy
I”m trying to beat is hiding inside of me
If we can learn to recognize the blessings that we’ve been given despite the tough and heartbreaking experiences, then maybe as Natasha has said, we wouldn’t be blinded to the lessons we are supposed to learn and the reason everything is happening the way that it is.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been through some pretty tough times and it’s not always easy to just be happy. Even now I have days where I don’t feel happy, but I am ALWAYS reminded of the good people and opportunities in my life. I’m so grateful that I have so many supportive friends that encourage me and each other to be happy with their life and with who they are. I’m grateful that I have friends and family that love me for me and that motivate me and encourage me to take care of both my physical and mental health.
Happiness is a choice regardless of your circumstance. You can’t always be happy but you can make healthy choices that will lead you toward happiness. Focus on the good things in your life no matter how small they may seem and watch your blessings unfold. Like Natasha says, there’s so many beautiful reasons you have to be happy.