We all have those days–when the rain is thundering down on our windowpanes and we can’t bear the thought of dragging ourselves out from under the perfectly warm comforter to slosh around outside in our too big galoshes. The days when all you’d rather be doing is lounging around in your flannel pajamas, eating your weight in Ben & Jerry’s, and watching re-runs of bad reality TV you’ve got saved up on TiVo. Those days when we dread the inevitable moments on our agenda: dealing with that career-making project at work, attempting not to fall asleep during a mundane three hour lecture, forgetting to put the midterm assignment in your backpack. We all have days when we feel like we’re just going through the motions, just passing through; we all have days when the rain soaks through our coats and weighs us down.
I woke up this morning prepared for one of those days. While staring down into my mug of too-dry oatmeal, I proceeded in a pep talk: “It’s only one day. You can make it through the moments and tomorrow will be a brand new slate.” I didn’t believe these words seven hours ago, but then I left my building and the sun was shining. The coffee line wasn’t as long. My classes only had minor bumps during their 90-minute slots, where the good moments outweighed the bad. My inbox received exciting news for a new opportunity. I somehow felt calmer, in control, and more caught-up with my ten mile long to-do list, and then I gained an extra hour of “free” time to write this blog post to you. And suddenly, Tuesday didn’t seem so daunting anymore. And Wednesday only looked more promising.
This post is a reminder. A reminder that the mud stuck in the grooves on the soles of your shoes tells a story, of where you’ve been and how you’ve succeeded. A reminder that “April showers bring May flowers,” that the upcoming moments will only be better than those that have come and gone. A reminder that you’re not the only soul feeling some heaviness on their heart when the rainstorms barge in unexpectedly.
“I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough,
I’m giving you all my love, I’m looking up…”
Take a little advice from Jason Mraz: keep looking up. Enjoy the unexpected sunshine during the grand exit of winter, call a friend just to catch up, order extra whipped cream on your hot chocolate, smile at the person standing next to you during your elevator ride. The little things you uncover from day to day will most likely surprise you.
The final reminder: