When I graduated from high school, I was so excited to be done with memorizing things and regurgitating them onto tests. In my History class I remember having to memorize important dates and I swore I would never ever need to know this information again so it didn’t make sense why I needed to know it. (this was before emojis existed, but it was a total eyeroll emoji moment)
Well, I’m proving myself wrong today because it’s December 7th - a date which will live in infamy.
I can't even compare my own life to Pearl Harbor Day, but it’s also a date which will live in infamy in my own life for years to come (despite my best efforts to pretend it never happened). I bring this up because people ask me how I can be “so positive all the time” and to me that means I need to share more of my bad days because I’m not telling it like it really is.
Today used to be a really bad day for me (and honestly, this year it was significant for different reasons that maybe I will share another day).
I’m a really sentimental person and I think it’s just as important to look back on the bad things that happened as much as the good things and celebrate those anniversaries too! Today is the 8 year anniversary of a day that I went down the wrong path. I made the wrong decision. And it took me 5 long years of many hard lessons before I bounced back from that one moment.
Instead of labeling things as “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad” - now I do this:
- Forgive myself for not knowing better
- Think about the things that I thought I had royally messed up as an opportunity to learn something new
- Figure out how to improve upon it next time
- Try to be there for other people who are experiencing something similar
- Flip the story
- Be grateful for the thing that happened
So how did I flip this day around from being the day that I screwed up to being the day that I celebrate?
If today had not happened exactly the way it did 8 years ago then I could have missed out on the single moment in time that allowed me to fall in love with New York City so that I could one day (6 years later) make it my home! 🎉
Happy Anniversary to me!