When Things Start Looking Down…

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

Looking out at Glacier Point
Looking out at Glacier Point

When things start looking down, it’s important to remember to look up. There will always be bad days and challenges that come our way. Even when things are looking up, it’s important to be grateful and celebrate the moment. Cherish the exciting moments and get ready for new ones. The last couple of months have been a challenge to say the least. Honestly, they taught me a lot though, including to keep my chin up even in the most adverse situations.

In looking through my photos, I realized I never posted about my trip to Yosemite with my boyfriend. It was so beautiful and one of the most incredible travel experiences I have had so far. We went over the summer this year, a graduation present to my boyfriend from his family. I was happy and humbled that I was able to go with him. Oh, the perks of dating someone who loves to travel!

As I mentioned, the last few months have been hard. I’ve been dealing with a lot of personal things in my life that haven’t been easy. Remembering the fun we had in Yosemite helped me look forward to the future and got me thinking about our next trip.

After our mini Yosemite vacation, things started getting more complicated. I was worried about what the fall would look like, since I wouldn’t be returning to school after being in that routine for about 20 years straight with no breaks. I didn’t know how to get back into my workout routine and healthier lifestyle. I was concerned about being independent and continuing to support myself on a not-so-lavish salary. I had a lot of worries and didn’t know where to turn or where life would lead me.

These last few months have reminded me that even though I may feel as if things are “looking down,” there are plenty of good things on their way. It can be hard to remain positive when you’re trying to stay realistic, but realism also helps you stay rooted in logic. I think people often confuse positivity and wishful thinking. They want to believe all their dreams will come true if they think hard enough, but belief does not guarantee anything. Hard work and setting realistic goals do.

The photo of me looking out at Glacier Point made me remember the humility I experienced. I realized I occupied such a small space in this big, beautiful world and that life is too short to sweat the small stuff. It’s too short to worry about how others view the world, and it’s definitely too short to dedicate time to hoping people understand your perspective. This is one of the toughest things I’ve struggled with in these months. I haven’t been able to reason, or have a productive conversation, with some people. It seems like they are so stuck in an unrealistic, delusional world. It has helped me learn how to deal with different types of personalities and people though.

The best advice I can offer myself is to keep moving forward with a positive attitude and appreciate the beauty I encounter along the way. There is also beauty and power in saying “no”: a word I have had trouble regularly using. It’s okay to say “no” if it means you just can’t do something. It’s a lesson that has taken me a long time to learn, but I think I’m finally starting to understand it.

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