Tough Times, Good Times & Roller Coasters…

27 Jul


What a year it’s been already!!!
I think I have had more things happen in my life in the last 7 months than I have in the last 7 years.

…a plethora of emotions that, were more or less like THE most exciting AND terrifying roller coaster ride of my life.

But through it all, I have learnt a lot, even although some lessons were more painful than others.

They say, “What’s bad for the heart, is good for your art” And that has certainly been true in my case, having popped out canvas after canvas, almost like a visual diary of my year so far.

“The most important thing I realized lately is that painful breakups, unrequited love, crappy jobs, and the like, help us to build character. And that no matter how bad it feels, we are much better off because of it.” – Unknown

So here are a few things that have helped me recently that might be of some use to you, if you have been going through some tough times.

Here’s to the next 5 months! May it be just as exciting and terrifying, and remind us that we are alive, and we are here!

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.” – Unknown

(This is an excerpt from an article I read and found helpful, you can read the full article by clicking on HERE)

9 Things to Stop Doing During Hard Times

  1. Hiding from the truth.
    Most people, at the first sign of distress, would rather deny the hard truth than face it.  But the truth does not cease to exist when it is ignored.
  2. Gripping tight to the fantasy of a pain-free life.
    Pain is a part of life, and life’s pains have many shapes and sizes.
  3. Revisiting the past over and over in your mind.
    We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.  You become a prisoner when you cling to what no longer exists.
  4. Holding on to who you were before the storm.
    Ultimately, you realize you are here to endure these storms, to sacrifice your time and risk your heart.  You are here to be bruised by life.  And when it happens that you are hurt, or betrayed, or rejected, let yourself sit quietly with your eyes closed and remember all the good times you had, and all the sweetness you tasted, and everything you learned.
  5. “Worrying” or “thinking” a situation into something worse than it is.
    What worries you masters you.  Needless worry and negative thinking will never lead to positive change.
  6. Acting like it’s not OK to smile.
    Sometimes a little silliness is all you need to get a better perspective of life’s greatest challenges.
  7. Giving in and giving up as soon as the going gets tough.
    All things are difficult before they are easy, and the roughest roads often lead to the top.  There are simply no easy roads to anywhere worth going.
  8. Wanting to have all the answers.
    Accept the feeling of not knowing exactly where you are going, and train yourself to love and appreciate this sensation of freedom.
  9. Obsessing yourself with negative news.
    Try not to obsess yourself with negative news, especially when you’re in the midst of hard times.

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