There are two types of people in the world: those who wait patiently through a traffic jam without complaining and those who grunt profusely each time they find themselves staring at someone’s bumper (I am definitely the latter). Though minor, it is often these ordinary circumstances that prove the vast difference in human temperance. I for one can admit that I have very little patience when it comes on to just about anything. I’m that person who turns back and goes home if the drive through at McDonalds is too long, or put back the cutest little top I found in Forever 21 if 3 people are ahead of me.
I remember learning in a class last year that the small stuff actually stress us out more than things that actually matter. At the time it seemed so crazy to me, but I’m starting to see the truth in it. The trivial mundane events that our daily lives comprise of are what really push us over the edge. It’s funny because if we really took the time to ask ourselves, will this matter in a month or two, I am pretty sure most of the times, the answer will be no. That should be reason enough to just stop, breath, and embrace your daily hassles for what they are: just another part of life. The thing is, whether you stress or not, the hassles will still come. Luckily, if you take it as just another one of those things that life gives you, you’ll be better for it. So yeah, you’ll probably forget something important at home that you have to turn back for when rushing for work. Don’t you just hate that? Perhaps you’ll spill some juice on your new jeans or even deface your entire phone screen. It happens, and yes it’s a pain, but you can’t allow those minor setbacks to actually set you back.
For me personally, I’ve allowed little things to drive me up the wall! I’m what they call a type A personality which basically means that I’m a perfectionist by nature. I have multiple to do lists and set deadlines for pretty much everything. What’s so bad about this? When things don’t go a specific way, (the way I planned it) I kinda spaz out. It gets to a point where I’m literally too overwhelmed to function. If you don’t listen to anything else I say, take this piece of advice: Don’t be like me! Don’t sweat the small stuff. If the situation is not drastically affecting you in any way, there is no need to let it get it to you. Learn to let things go and then come back and teach me how, please!
I may not be the best person to give you actual tips on how to take it easy, but I can tell you first hand that making a big deal about nothing will only cause you less sleep and more stress. Be kind to yourself, chances are you’re doing the best you can. People will inevitably let you down, don’t let that throw you off course. To be honest, you’re going to disappoint yourself a few times too, but brush yourself off and keep it moving. Time spent dwelling on a problem only creates more problems. Now take time to think about all the time you’ve wasted sweating the small stuff. What good did that do for you? I’m guessing none, right? I hope you’ll join with me today and actively try to make a change. Take it one day at a time. Every time you find yourself complaining, think about something to be grateful for instead. In a few weeks, you’ll find yourself struggling to complain.
Who’s with me?