I have just written an exam and was aggravated. This is the sixth of seven exams that I have had to write over the last two months. Over this period, I have been studying non-stop only to realize during the exam that I did not use my time wisely and was not fast enough to answer all the questions. I was so down today counting the missing points in the exam and thinking about how bad my academic track would look if I could not achieve straight A’s.
After the exam, I went to my favourite café to have a chai latte and write this blog post. However, I was not able to write it because I was consumed with negative thoughts. When I arrived home, it occurred to me that I did not even notice that I was drinking my favourite drink, a chai latte. A drink that usually makes me happy. I also did not realize that even though I did not answer all the questions I did actually write the exam, accomplishing something I have been studying for. I was so ashamed thinking how negative I was, focusing only on the bad and not appreciating all the other wonderful things in my life.
The same thing happened when I left Canada for Germany at the end of the year. I was so busy thinking about how my life would change again, how I needed to adjust and how much I still needed to study that I forgot to enjoy the moment. I should have enjoyed the company of my Canadian friends more and been grateful to be in their company.
As Winnie the Pooh once said to Piglet: “How lucky I am having someone who makes saying goodbye so hard.” Pooh saw the sadness of saying goodbye yet focused on the positive, that sadness meant a meaningful relationship was formed. This got me thinking if a bear can be so thankful than so should I.
Now as I write this blog post I feel grateful to be able to share my thoughts with you. I am thankful to be blessed with education, which I should not take for granted and I feel humbled to have friends all over the world who I hold dearly. I realized how privileged I am to be a European who gets a scholarship to study anywhere I want. This positivity also applies to you. Whatever happens in your life take a moment to reflect on the good and celebrate even the small things. Concentrating on the bad will take the joy out of your life, instead be grateful. It’s easier than you think.