Not every day is going to be a good day. Some days you feel uninspired, unmotivated, and simply put, tired. These are the days where it is hard to push, hard to move forward, and hard to feel like anything is worth your time. There doesn't always have to be a trigger for days like this. It could be a long time coming, completely random, or it could be the result of a particular event or encounter that leaves you feeling utterly let down. In the past, it seemed as though these days represented failure. You have failed something or someone, and you cannot move past it. Those are the hours that you do your deepest thinking, you cry some of your hardest tears, and you question your reality. What am I doing? Why am I doing this? Why do I feel this way?
Comparison is the thief of joy.
A flower does not compete with the flower next to it, it simply blooms. It is difficult to not compare your situation to others. Sometimes you feel as though someone is doing better than you. They have more friends, or followers, or money. Whatever you feel the need to compare. They seem happier, more positive, and more successful. They have it all. So it seems. Back to the question of reality. What is reality these days? Is it perfectly curated Instagram photos? Is it the truths you speak on your Twitter feed? Is it the expression of your steadfast opinions on your Facebook page? I think not. None of this is reality. None of this is their reality or your reality. What we are behind closed doors, when the phones are down and the camera is off, that is our reality. These are the truest moments and the realest versions of ourselves. The version we often seek to hide. This is who we should be to the world. We should not be afraid to say that we are scared, that we are intimidated, and that we have bad days. You have not failed if sunshine does not beam out of you on a daily basis.
The sunshine after the rain.
Ok, so you had a bad day. You had a pity party, you sulked, and you complained, but now what? You lay down to sleep and all of the thoughts of the day come rushing at you and you just want to ignore it all. You may even want to give up. Guess what. Tomorrow is a new day! You wake up feeling cleansed after releasing negativity, dealing with your mind (your toughest critic), and wrestling with your thoughts. You conquered it all even though you didn't think you could. There is something about bad days that leaves us with our eyes wide open and our minds ready to chase something new. Why compare yourself to others and the altered versions of their reality? Why not understand your own reality better and never feel the need to conform, to feel sorry for yourself, or to work to achieve someone else's goals? You can do it, I can do it, and we will all be better off for it. There is sunshine after the rain. There are good days again after the bad. You are allowed to have bad days. You are allowed to feel uninspired, unmotivated, and tired. What you are not allowed to do is give up. You are not allowed to let go, to give in, or to allow someone or something else to shatter your dreams. You must believe in yourself, trust your gut, and move forward.
Keep doing you.
You know what your dreams and goals are, and you know what you have to do to achieve them. You have to let go of comparison, you have to inspire yourself, and you have to take each day as it comes, good or bad. Only you know what you want and what makes you happy. Do not let someone else change that or challenge that. Remove toxic people from your life if necessary and keep on the path to success. Remember, success is yours, and you determine when you achieve it. So go ahead and feel uninspired, unmotivated, and tired, but you better wake up the next day and try harder than you have ever tried to achieve your goals! You owe it to yourself to make that hard work pay off!