Count your blessings. Keep your chin up. Look on the bright side.
It’s no secret that positive thinking is a powerful tool. I try to keep this in mind when I encounter assholes at work or when I unexpectedly run out of coffee. Whatever it is, in that moment, it isn’t the end of the world.
Sometimes positive thinking can seem like a lie. That’s why I like “it isn’t the end of the world.” It may NOT be a good day. You may have crashed your car or gained 15 pounds since your last weigh in, but, hey, it isn’t the end of the world. Or you could just remember the “but did you die?” meme. Whatever works for you 🙂
Honestly, I struggle the most with staying positive about myself. Positive sayings directed toward my appearance definitely seem like lies to me. No matter how many times I say to myself “your cellulite is beautiful,” it never seems to change how I really feel. I guess if I keep saying good things about myself, maybe someday I will start to believe them. I guess its better than the alternative. It certainly doesn’t help to obsess or beat myself up about my own flaws.
Lately I’ve been very inspired with the body positive community. I have been overweight my entire life. I was always the fat friend. I was the girl who would tag along at the mall, but would never buy anything because nothing fit. If I could find something that fit, it was matronly, unflattering, and probably resembled something your great aunt Hilda would wear. (No offense to the great aunt Hildas out there; it’s just not the look I was going for when I was 14.) Now when I walk into a clothing store, they almost always have larger sizes. In cute styles too! Where was this stuff 20 years ago? Having clothes that suit you as an individual is a great source of confidence. I remember when I found Torrid. I thought “Oh great, another plus size store that will probably cut everything to fit like a potato sack.” I was so glad when they proved me wrong.
So I guess the moral of this story is to remember to stay positive. And remember: whatever you are going through, it isn’t the end of the world.
Until next time….