The Power of Changing Your Perspective

A month ago I had a mental break down. I woke up one unfortunate Saturday morning and called my mom crying, thinking my entire life was falling apart and I was an absolute failure in everything I have ever done.

I have never felt so delusional in my entire life.

The problems I was experiencing then are no different then the problems I am experiencing today: I am still stuck in a long distance relationship (and enjoying all the fun that comes with the distance), I still can’t find a permanent job, I still hate my temporary summer job, I still have no idea how I’m going to get into grad school, and my research is up in the air on if we will be able to publish it.

What has changed during this month is my perspective.

After my mental break down, I stopped seeing these challenges as debilitating. I instead adopted a new life philosophy that my girlfriend has said everyday since our first date: Accept what you can’t change. Change what you can’t accept.

I accepted my life circumstances for what they are: a part of life and I moved on. I stopped stressing over them and came to peace with what life had given me. I eagerly welcomed the challenge, and started to play my favorite game: How much of a shit-show is today going to be? How many things can go wrong today?

These games (though they may seem like a pessimistic night-mare) get me through my day to day life. On the worst days, I laugh at everything going wrong and buckle down and get through it. On the best, I am pleasantly surprised on how well things are going.

Changing my perspective helped me see the light in the darkness. It helped not be trapped in a see of depression. It can help you.

You just have change the way you view your life’s challenges. Because no matter what we do, we will always have obstacles in our way. It’s just a matter of how we handle them and choose to persevere.

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