Social and Environmental Change

Choosing Happiness

It has been two weeks since I wrote anything, and to be honest I have not had the inspiration to post. Life had a different plan for me, and my position at my job was eliminated. We try to have an outline for life, but it has a way of surprising us.

I expected myself to mope around and wonder why this happened to me. The truth is, things can and have been worse, and I will be okay. We all have the choice of living in the past or looking to the present. Mark Manson describes it perfectly, “Nobody is ever responsible for your unhappiness but you…this is because you always get to choose how you see things, how you react to things, how you value things.”

So how does this apply to my blog, and why am I unloading all of this on here? I write about topics that will inspire others and encourage change in the world. Life is always changing and we could all use a little encouragement. You are the only one responsible for your happiness. When life gets you down it is okay to wallow in it, but there comes a point when you have to put your foot down and choose to pick yourself up again. Life isn’t the movies and your fairy godmother won’t come to grant you a wish.

My job being eliminated was me being pushed out of the nest and slapped in the face by life. “Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience,” says Mark Manson. Overcoming this experience of unemployment will only make me stronger and more determined to find a job that makes me happy. Everyone needs to make a living, but you don’t need to settle.

If you can’t tell, I have been reading, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” and it has really struck a chord. Oddly enough, this book came into my life when I didn’t know I would need it. I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason, and this book has been a swift kick in the ass when I needed it most.

Life is always going to have problems, and some will be bigger than others. It is how we choose to deal with them that will determine our happiness. You can choose to fight the problem or just say eff this and try to grow from it. The next time life is getting you down, I challenge you to choose optimism over negativity.

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