What Doesn't Kill You

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

What else do you need to know? Our fictional friend Barney Stinson is right on the money with this quote about conquering low spirits and not only persevering, but excelling in your next aspiration. Sadness in life is inevitable and even necessary. However, it's my opinion that there is a difference between feeling sadness and being sad. You should never bottle up an emotion and completely ignore it — that can do more harm than good. It’s important to keep an even keel within yourself, chemically and mentally. With that said, it’s equally vital to be able to move on from any negativity that might plague you from time to time, not just by getting “back into the swing of things”, but by coming out stronger, better, and more awesome than ever before. Let me explain…

That's Just the Way It Is

Let’s start with this premise: if nothing ever went wrong, how would you know if anything is going right? Consider the fact that you laugh. You had to find something funny to laugh at, right? Maybe it was a #fail video on your Facebook newsfeed. Or, maybe you find that type of humor immature, but you turn on your TV, and some know-it-all just said something ridiculously incorrect and stupid, and their stupid ridiculousness makes you laugh. Regardless of the cause, laughter like this is a sign of a brief high moment. A contrasting low moment would happen as you finish that nice hearty laugh. You quickly try to change the channel of this stupidly ridiculous person spewing their silliness, only to discover that the batteries have finally died in your remote after seemingly decades of usage. Now you must go to the store for more batteries. Damn. In your high moment, you had it all, everything was great, and now you must leave your comfy couch to buy batteries. 

Best of Times, Worst of Times

Now, remove yourself from this facetious scenario I’ve concocted and apply the message to something real in your life. If you find yourself on a roll, and everything seems to be going perfectly, remember there may be something coming that doesn't go quite right. Chances are, it won’t be a catastrophic issue; however, it may seem that way based on a conditioning you’ve grown accustomed to during that stretch of time; a relatively constant stream of good luck and prosperity. On the other side of the spectrum, if things don’t seem to be going your way, realize the universe has a way of evening itself out. That’s not to say you shouldn’t work hard to get yourself back in the saddle, but despite your situation, it’s important to recognize and analyze where things stand, put them in a larger perspective, and figure out the first step to turning them in your favor.

You've Got a Friend in You

Don’t be affected too drastically when things in life shift one way or another. Of course, don't be a robot either; get excited, get pissed, get crazy, but then get right. Come what may, you will be stronger, smarter and better afterwards than you were before. Don’t be sad when things go awry. Be awesome instead, because you are.