PUT ON YOUR POSITIVE PANTS... I get asked A LOT how I stay so positive.
Straight up, there is no easy answer to this.
I do not have some kind of magic or shortcut. It is not always easy & being positive is not something that just happens.
But I'm not faking it either.
It really is a decision that I make.
And I don't mean a one off type of deal... I mean daily. It is a constant choice that I consciously make over & over again.
Yes I have bad days. Yes I have negative days. Yes, sometimes I feel sorry for myself. Yes I get frustrated, angry & sad. But when I finally pop my head out from under my Blanket Fortress of Despair™ & emerge back into the world... I dust myself off & I CHOOSE to go forward with a positive perspective.
I fully acknowledge that you, I & the rest of the chronic illness community have EVERY reason to feel down on life sometimes. I would NEVER take that validation that from you... nor should anyone else.
But have a bit of a think about the following:
"Would you rather to be right, or would you rather to be happy?"
This saying has always resonated with me, mainly because I'm a stubborn bitch from hell & can be my own worst enemy... I blame the red hair.
Case in point:
"Living with a chronic illness is soooo shitty." Fuck yes, you're RIGHT, it is.
"Chronic pain is the absolute worst."
Fuck yes, you're RIGHT, it is.
"No one in my life understands what it's like."
Fuck yes, you're RIGHT, they probably don't.
You are right & all of those things are true.
There, I concede.
Now, has focusing on that made you feel any better? Ok, maybe a little... it's totally natural, however... it's entirely momentary.
But focusing on it long term, day in, day out?
It doesn't. It really, really doesn't.
It can make you feel like you've been sucked into a dark vortex of grumpy faces & scary clowns.
A positive outlook is not the same thing as denying your experience & being all... CONTINUED IN COMMENTS BELOW 👇 📷: @amberibarreche