Lately have you said any of the following…
-“I hate being a grownup.”
-(Gets mail) “Oh let me guess, bills, bills, and MORE bills!”
-“I’m not excited about my birthday, I’m just getting OLD.”
If you constantly complain about what it means to be an adult what does your future look like? If you cant stomach paying bills every month or getting older it looks like your future is filled with complaining about the prices of depends, kicking trick or treaters off your porch, and always bitching about the weather..
CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK! It is all in your head cranky pants, think of all the wonderful things life has to offer as opposed to the few things that get on your nerves. Lets look at life lessons we learned as children that we never saw until now to help shape your outlook on your life.
1.) You can’t run away from your responsibilities. But you can sing Hakuna Matata through them. (It means no worries)
We can learn a valuable lesson from the Lion King. No matter how badly you don’t want to face reality, there is no running away from it. Like Rafiki says, “Oh yes the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Everyone makes mistakes, such is life, but its what we do with those mistakes that ultimately matters. You can pull a Simba and run away, move in with strangers, and pretend your problems don’t exist. But in that time you may realize your whole tribe has been enslaved by hiyennas and you could have prevented it, catch my drift? Hakuna Mata my friends, aka worry less about the actual problem and concentrate more on fixing it and you’ll feel a whole lot happier and a lot less like disappearing into an elephant graveyard 🙂
2.) A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!
Remember Mary Poppins? Ok, I’ll refresh your memory, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun, and POOF, the jobs a game!” You may be thinking, “Well Mary Poppins doesn’t scrub toilets at Taco Bell.”Although this may be true it doesn’t change the fact that your miserable because YOU decide to be. You are in charge of your own happiness not Taco Bell management. Find some fun in what your doing and if you can’t find ANY, it’s time to make a change. If all else fails, take some similar advice from snow white and….
Whistle while you work….
It may not sound like much fun, but it will annoy enough people to put a smile on your miserable face.
3.) Remember to live in the moment.
“What day is it?
“It’s today.”, squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day!”, said Pooh.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget what a gift each day really is. Take some time of out of your day to really enjoy the small things. Heres a great example, tired of just getting bills in the mail, write someone a letter and you might just get one in return. Imagine how great it will be to open a written letter as opposed to a final notice! Think about it, take a deep breath, and imagine the smile on your face while opening it 🙂
4.) Don’t hold a grudge!
Holding a grudge takes a lot of the precious energy you could use to allow for happiness to come in to your life. Let’s take a moment to reflect on Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Hug O War.”
“I will not play at tug o’ war
I’d rather play at hug o’ war
Where everyone hugs
instead of tugs
Where everyone giggles
and roles on the rug
Where everyone kisses
and everyone grins
and everyone cuddles
and everyone wins.”
Ok, so maybe you won’t cuddle or kiss the person you were fighting with but let it go. Just let it go and be free of it! Make love not war, don’t just get wet, dance in the rain, whichever metaphor allows you to let loose the grip on your enemy.
5.) Don’t pretend to be something your not.
Ok, so Aladian got the girl at the end I know. But remember how annoyed Jasmine was when she found he was pretending to be a prince? Do we also remember how she didn’t care that he was a simple man from the streets? People will love you for who you are, and if they don’t, they are not worth having in your life. Don’t work so hard at being something that your not, it will become a job, and it will blow up in your face. Remember that brief moment when Jafar put Jasmine in an hour glass? All because Aladian didn’t feel like being himself. Trust me, you are awesome as you, don’t change, even if you have three wishes 🙂
Lastly, never forget your imagination, you are never too old for that…
“All you need is faith and trust….and a little bit of pixie dust.”
Have a great day or not, the choice is yours!