Sunday, July 10, 2011

How to survive the end of the world

We all have times in our lives where we feel like the roof is about to cave in on us.

Maybe you’ve been searching high and low for employment with no prospects on the horizon, and your unemployment just ran out.

Maybe you have 42 cents in the bank and you’re down to your last bowl of beans and rice.

Maybe you just got served with a lawsuit from a credit collection agency.

Maybe you had a grease fire that destroyed the kitchen of the apartment you just moved into.

Maybe all of these things happened to you in the same week.

The one thing all these scenarios have in common is the feeling that all hope is lost. The feeling that nothing will ever get better. If you haven’t been in a situation like this…trust me, you will. And when it happens, you’ll feel like you can’t possibly move forward. Game over. The end.

Fortunately, unless you are actually dead (in which case, zombie/ghost/ghoul/what-have-you…. Thanks for reading!), then chances are very good that your life isn’t really over.

I know, it will be hard to believe, but trust me. Life goes on. It will suck, but you will survive, because survival is really not that difficult. People do it every day. You just have to keep moving.

Sure, I could sit here telling you to think about all the people who have it worse than you do… But you know what? That won’t make you feel any better. If you’re like me, it may make you feel worse.

What you should keep in perspective is that these hard times will end. Just like good things, all runs of bad luck must end, and sometimes help comes from the most unexpected places. Just remember that if you've given up by the time help arrives, nothing can make a difference.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to stop looking at the "big picture" and focus on the very next step that you can take to make yourself feel in control of the situation, not matter how small that step is.

So send out that next resume, look through your couch and see if you can scrape up fifty cents for a few more pinto beans, call a lawyer, toss out that burnt up pan, and sign up for some grief counseling.

Because tomorrow is another day, and things can only go up from here.

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