True or not, many of you might be familiar with Murphy’s Law; an age old adage stating that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
I’m not generally one for negativity, but let me tell you – I can definitely relate. 2016 was one hell of a year, and while not everything went wrong, the universe definitely wasn’t doing me any favours.
The numerous challenges I faced over the past year felt like a test, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get ahead. As someone who deals with anxiety and depression, these challenges were amplified.
In keeping with the metaphor from my last blog post (see Happiness & Crappiness), Vancouver has had me living under a cloud. Not only was this a record breaking year for consecutive days of rain (which for clarity purposes comes from clouds), but when things went wrong, they sure as hell decided to happen all at once. In other words, literally and figuratively, when it rained, it poured.
In addition to the more serious personal struggles I alluded to in my previous post, this year I also managed to acquire severe food poisoning that resulted in a trip to the hospital from chicken I didn’t even eat, as well as drop and smash my cellphone to the point of no repair right after spending 900$ on a flight to Ottawa for Christmas. In the last two weeks alone: I have had a sinus infection; been plagued by a severe stomach bug that took down 7 other family members and left me in bed for a large portion of that $900 trip; had my flight home cancelled and missed my connection, only to be put on another flight for which I was late and had my seat given away; and I didn’t receive my luggage until 3 days later. OH…and let’s not forget that my first day back to work the heat was broken!
Besides venting (just a little bit), I guess the point of this post is to remind you that whenever things seem really crappy, try to look on the bright side – I mean, that food poisoning waited to hit me until after I returned from a 2 day trip in the isolated wilderness; my bank account may have been distressed by the smashed phone, but it meant I got a new better one; the stomach flu helped me lose 10 pounds and kick start my 2017 cleanse and healthy eating regimen; my cancelled flight meant I got to fly on a nicer plane with comfy seats and lots of leg room; and I was able to bond with my colleagues over how freaking cold it was in the office. As for the sinus infection and delayed luggage… well, I think you get my point.
At the end of the day, when bad things happen: Stay positive. Keep on keeping on… and maybe even laugh a little.
Here’s to a kick ass 2017.