Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.
-Alfred (Batman Begins)
People who are a part of my generation (the tail-end of Gen X and the beginning of the Millennial Generation) tend to let the ups and downs of life gravely affect their sense of self. Life can be unkind at times and even often cruel but we can emphasis the good things that happen to us or we can choose to wallow in the bad.
Make a list of the worst things you have ever experienced and then create a contrasting list of the best things. You will probably notice sh*t doesn’t suck as much as you think. Congrats on being kinda awesome. You have survived and thrived before and you will again.
Check out my quick list below:
Failures, Set-backs and Regression:
Dissolution of first Marriage
Rejection from UPenn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies
Medical leave and subsequent inability to finish graduate studies at Columbia’s Teacher’s College
Dropping-out of Canarsie High School
Bipolar Disorder diagnosis and subsequent hospitalizations
Successes, Triumphs and Progress:
Falling in love and re-marrying Chipmunk
Acceptance to Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work and restarting graduate studies
Completing my G.E.D. and graduating college with a B.F.A.
*Both of my list are sure to expand and I am happy that they will.
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