It seems that this time of year, a lot of people suddenly start to get negative.
Blame it on Winter. Or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Or Post-Holiday Blues.
My Facebook news feed is full of people who think their life is miserable.
Guess what? You're whining.
That is, unless you or a loved one is about to lose your home or job with no alternatives.
Or you or a loved one is about to be shipped off to Afghanistan.
Or you or a loved one been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or suffered the loss of a loved one.
It's easy to fall into the trap of wanting that "perfect life." The shows on TV and the movies in the theater make us think we deserve that.
But just remember Hollywood isn't grounded in reality.
Reality is this: Life does suck from time to time.
But if you are surrounded by loved ones, have a job, have food in your fridge, and a roof over your head, at the end of the day you really can't bitch.
Bills pile up. Relationships end. Friends are lost. People are pricks. But unless it means your life is truly worse than it was at the start of the day, is it worth getting negative over?
Because remember negativity breeds more negativity. And conversely, positivity breeds positivity.
I know it's not easy to wake up and put a fake smile on your face every day. But sometimes it doesn't hurt doing the ol' "fake it until you make it" routine.
And rather than playing your violin, or having cheese with your whine, how about putting on your big girl or big boy pants on and tackling the problems that are making your life more stressful?
Don't like your job? Find a new one.
Don't like your spouse/partner? See above.
Don't like your kids? Well, can't help you there...chances are you had something to do with who they are as a person.
Tired of drama? Eliminate the people causing it from your life.
Wishing things weren't so difficult? Well, again, can't help you there. Life is tough. But it doesn't mean you have to let Life win.
So if you're looking for a New Year's Resolution or two...see the list above and maybe there's a match for something you can do in 2012 to help make your life less sucky.
Or you can just keep whining.
Just don't expect me to stand around listening to it.
Happy New Year, everyone!
From The Prisoner
P.S. - This blog entry was written as a reminder to the author as well.