This last week has been a whirlwind of ups and downs, highs and lows. But within all the stress and chaos, I’ve come to realize that there will always be things and people to be grateful for. In the big painted picture of life, the small little stressors are just miniature droplets of paint mixed within the blur of other colors of happiness, peace, and positivity. And I’ll admit it, two days ago I was seeing the big picture as one big mess of scribbled lines and colors. I was stressed. I was impatient. I was every sort of anxious in the book. But now, it’s ok. As many times as I’ve tried mentally reassuring myself that it would be ok, there’s always that little whispering voice in my head that tells me otherwise. So here I am blogging about the louder voice in my head telling me that life is bigger than that whispering voice and those scribbled lines. Life is a masterpiece we are destined to paint ourselves.
**I helped my dad and brother at their new business and have spoken to a lot of people who are excited for the business to open. This reassures me that overcoming all of the stress, work, and setbacks will be worth it in the end; therefore, the reward will be far greater than the stress leading up to it.
**My best friend (who was leaving for DCP at the end of the week) and I were able to successfully watch all three Hunger Games movies in one afternoon. This was added to our summer bucket list after we finished all three books earlier this summer (because we are obsessed with all the characters in the books). We also enjoyed some pizza that I made and brownies with icecream. For the past 2 years of our friendship, pizza has been our go-to food because we both love it so it was appropriate for us to share a pizza before he left for 4 months. As much as I’m going to miss him, I know that he’s going to cross something off of his life bucket list which makes me happy for him and we can still call each other like usual to complain to each other and catch up on life!
**I was able to re-connect with a few of my high school friends in a fun “game” called Trapped Philly. Four of my friends, five of my family members and I were basically “locked” into a room and had to get out by solving clues and codes within an hour. Unfortunately, our hour elapsed before we were able to successfully “unlock” ourselves but it was so much fun solving the puzzles and clues to get out. It was basically a life-size, in-person, brain teaser. I’m so glad I got to see my high school friends whom I only see about 2-3 times per year and also spend time with my family!
**I made myself a new CD to listen to in the car because the radio plays the same 10 songs over and over again and I really really reallllly like the variety that I put on it (not to brag or anything XD)
**I got to hang out with my cousins at my mommom’s birthday party which is always fun! I’ve only seen them 3 times this summer so I always value spending time with them when we do get together. It’s never a dull moment when we’re altogether! Family is a huge part of my life and I’ve come to realize in the last few weeks that no matter what your family will be there for you. I cherish the times we spend together no matter what we’re doing and I will miss them when I go back to school.
**Today I got a 7.5 mile trail run in with four other trailrunners. Trail running has always been one of the things that makes me feel less stressed. I think it’s because my mind focuses on the roots, the rocks, the trees and not getting lost in the woods rather than everything else going on in the world. Trails provide an opportunity to lose yourself in the run. Although the pace might be slower than a run on the road, I would much rather spend 90 minutes on a trail than dodging cars. I am also always amazed how trailrunners all have the same mentality. No matter the pace or the experience level of the runner we all just love to run! That’s why we always come back for more!
So with all these happy “moments” from the last week, my life masterpiece has been layered with positivity and things/people to be grateful for. When life gets you down, pick yourself back up and look at the bigger picture. We are the creators of our own masterpiece; therefore, you can choose to stay down and out on the ground or you can pick yourself up and charge forward with all the good things going on in the present moment. The choice is yours!