The Day I Realized I Could Change My Life Forever

How to overcome pessimism and helplessness

Maria Milojković, MA
From Maria with Love

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The Day I Realized I Could Change My Life Forever
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Ever since my teens, I’ve been struggling with worry and fear. Over the years I went from “What if I get an ‘F’?” to “What if my labor gets bad?”

But what is life than an unpredictable ride?

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” — Carl Jung

It’s hard to accept this quote if you were a sensitive kid who went through instability, poverty, and violence in Southeastern Europe. Negative thinking became a way to prepare for what’s around the corner.

Still, one rainy day I managed to change my usual reaction as I took a walk in the street. It came as a culmination of calm mornings on my balcony and a long-time wish to live in a more relaxed way and so it started the process of transformation.

The walk

It was a day like any other: the kids, the chores, and the common existential…

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Maria Milojković, MA
From Maria with Love

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