You spilled your coffee down your only white blouse on your way to work. Your presentation meeting didn’t go as planned. You are overwhelmed with tasks to complete, with the feeling that the to-do list never ends. Your friends keep calling, wondering why they haven’t seen you in weeks. You feel like you can’t catch a break.
We’ve all been there, right? Maybe it’s not all in the same day, but those times sure make things hard for us twenty-somethings still trying to find our place in the world. Those times where we can only think, if I can just make it through today. If I can just make it to tomorrow, somehow it will be better.
It will get better. I promise. Don’t lose sight of your purpose, goals, and dreams. Remembering to hang onto those even when times get tough makes it all worth it in the end.
Don’t give up. Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream that no one can see but you. On those bad days of spilled coffee, long meetings, and massive to-do lists, never forget that your dreams matter. You’ll get there.
The next time you have one of those bad days, consider doing a few of these things to help you get back into that life-is-good groove. Because it is good, in so many ways.
1. Pinterest search “pretty things.” There are so many beautiful things in our world.
2. Put up some twinkle lights in your room. They make everything shine.
3. Take a day trip. Drive somewhere. Anywhere. Don’t think. Just grab your keys and go. See where the world takes you.
4. Call up that friend who thinks you’ve been MIA. Just talk. Talking helps soothe the soul.
5. Throw out that white, coffee-stained shirt. Go treasure hunting for a better shirt. Brownie points if you get it from Goodwill.
6. Find something old and give it a makeover. That dusty end table might look beautiful with a new coat of paint.
7. Dance to your favorite song. Remember why it is your favorite.
8. Walk around in the downtown district of your city. Don’t have one? Go for a walk. It does wonders to clear your head.
9. Write a letter to a family member. They’d love to hear from you the old-fashioned way.
10. Sit in your PJs on a Saturday morning and just sip tea or coffee and read a book. I recommend something happy.
11. Stargaze. It’s hard to remember what is troubling us in the grand scheme of how large the universe really is.
12. Plan a trip you want to take in 5 years. Put in it writing. It makes it that much more possible.
13. Rearrange your furniture. Giving things a new look often gives you a new outlook.
14. Go visit a used bookstore.
15. Find a new hobby, or rediscover an old one. That saxophone is waiting for you.
These are just some suggestions to get you started. The key to diffusing those bad days is to remember that there is good in the world, and it can be yours if you only look for it. Try some of these things, but then discover your own!
The next time a bad day comes around, you’ll be equipped to handle it. It won’t be forever. Keep sight of your purpose here and what you want to accomplish. The world is truly your oyster. You are more capable than you believe yourself to be.
Remember that being a twenty-something has its ups and downs. Bad days will come and go, but the good days are the ones to hold onto forever. Cherish those memories, and look back on them when you are feeling down. You can do this. You have an important skill set to share with our world, even when the world seems to be against you.
And when that bad day comes around again with its spilled coffee, give yourself a silent pep talk. You are capable. You can do this. You can make a difference – for you, for your friends and family, for your fellow twenty-somethings, and for the world.
You only have to start today.