Life can be so discouraging at times. I’m not talking your overall “Life with a capital L”, but just the day-to-day, ins and outs of living. Especially when you’re trying to change some aspect of those day-to-day motions that you have to go through.

I’ve been looking forward to my days off recently as an opportunity to work on writing and researching how to turn it into a career. But then little things happen. One thing leads to another, and suddenly I have to cover a shift. Bye bye day off. Granted, I have another one coming up, but now I have to do everything else that I need to get done on that day as well and, well, life starts to pile up. Suddenly, what you want to do has to take a back seat.

In these times, it can be easy to stress out over this kind of stuff. Life piling up, hopes and aspirations looking more and more like a dream than an actual attainable reality. School, job, family, friends, lists, shopping, bills, it all starts to become so overwhelming.

But then I remember the reason that I had to cover a shift. My boss had to go to the doctor to get his heart checked. He has been under an extreme amount of stress for many years now, and working 7 days a week for months at a time isn’t helping with that. Though he lives a pretty healthy lifestyle, the stress has begun to catch up with him.

Now, I’m not saying that this stress was unavoidable. Some stress is completely unavoidable, and in his case, I’d argue that it was this kind. However, when I take a look at my own life in light of this, and the things I stress out over, I realize that far more often, I need to step back, take a deep breath, and recognize that things aren’t all that bad. The things I’m stressing over are things that can’t be helped, and stressing out over them certainly won’t do any good. So, why stress out over them?

So what if I lost a day off? Things’ll still work out.

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