10 Reasons To Always Look At The Bright Side

10 Reasons To Always Look At The Bright Side

Because things will always get better.
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Things can go wrong in life and stuff can happen even to the best people. It’s how you deal with whatever life throws at you that matters and it’s what will help you grow as a person.

10. Tomorrow is a new day.

There are going to be days where it seems like everything is going wrong. You’re going to feel helpless and want to give up, but just remember tomorrow is a new day to start over.

9. This is only temporary.

Feelings are not forever. Life goes on and so do your emotions. The feeling you have now won’t last forever.

8. You can only go up from here.

A lot of times you’re going to feel like you’ve hit bottom, and you need to understand that it’s okay to hit bottom. It’s a chance to pick yourself up again, and you need to know that there’s only going up from there.

7. There’s no time to waste.

You shouldn’t waste time thinking about what could have been. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking and don’t make decisions based on them. Nobody is worth delaying your life over.

6. You should live everyday to the fullest.

You never know what tomorrow may bring. That’s why it is important to live every single moment to the fullest. Laugh a lot and love hard.

5. Life feels so much better when you keep a positive outlook.

When you look at the bright side of things, you will start to feel better emotionally and physically. You will feel more motivated and happy.

4. The more positive you are the more positive that comes your way.

You will start to see all the good things that life has to offer. Appreciate them.

3. Your attitude will impact others.

When the people around you see you happy and enjoying life, it can push them to do the same. Encourage those around you to live their life to the fullest and with no regrets.

2. You have every reason to be happy.

Everyone deserves to be happy. There are going to be days where you may feel like the world is tumbling down on you but remember it’s only temporary and you deserve to find happiness within the dark times.

1. Life is too short.

One day, you won't have the benefit of a new day. Don't take them for granted.

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

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I love you!

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My Transition From Individual To Synchronized Skating Was Easier Said Than Done

The most humbling experience of my life.

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From the moment I arrived outside Dodds Hall on July 28th, I was instantly hit with the unfamiliar from all angles. The first floor of the dorm was packed with potential members of the Miami Varsity Synchronized Skating Team. But none of us were official members yet. That's what this week would determine.

The first thing I remember thinking is how uncomfortably out of place I felt. A feeling I had never truly experienced in my life. Out of place in the humid Oxford air, in the hallway filled with girls I had never met who all seemed to know each other, and most of all, out of place trying to understand this new form of a sport I once thought I knew everything about.

I had grown up my whole life as a competitive figure skater. It was the one thing I always knew, the one thing that essentially made me, me. I was extremely successful for the majority of my teen years and continued to excel in the sport at a more rapid pace than anyone expected. But towards the end, a series of severe injuries came between me and my dreams. It eventually became physically impossible for me to continue skating at the level I was at. After a lot of consideration, I decided I couldn't bear quitting skating altogether. I had to find another way.

That was how I ended up here, at Miami University, trying out for the best synchronized skating team in the country. The only issue was that I had never tried synchronized skating in my life.

I thought to myself, how different could it be?

The answer is: very.

From the first day I stepped on the ice for tryouts, I was being peered at by judgemental eyes who could tell I had no clue what I was doing. I had never felt so foreign in a place where I was supposed to feel so comfortable. Skating was the one thing I could always rely on. The one thing I always knew I could do as well as anyone else. But suddenly, that truth disappeared into thin air.

I felt as though I was invading these girls' territory. They had grown up around synchronized skating their whole lives and had dreamt of being on this team since they were kids, and there I was, throwing myself blind into these tryouts on a complete whim. I couldn't blame them for being skeptical.

Needless to say, that week was easily the most humbling week of my life. I had to suck in all my pride and courage and admit to myself that I didn't know what I was doing. I had to form a new level of respect for this parallel form of skating that I had once deemed as "easy" and realize it is more challenging than I could have ever thought. I had to ask people for help, something that was never my strong suit. But hardest of all, I had to basically start from scratch with a sport I had just spent 18 years mastering. Humbling myself in such a way is one of the greatest lessons I've ever had to learn, and I now know that I was always meant to show up outside of Dodds 116 that day, scared and unsure and alone. I was always meant to take a deep wavering breath and step directly into the unknown. I am better because of it. And I know that I always will be.

I am thankful for that difficult, terrifying, emotional, and lonely week, one of the hardest I've ever endured in my life. And I'm even more thankful that I've found a new dream, a new passion to chase after with everything I've got. I could have never guessed I'd end up here. But I suppose our greatest adventures always are the ones we never expect.

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