We asked our regular contributors through e-mail What do you use to remind yourself that everything isn’t that bad? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way.
1. I can die later. The world is going to kill me whether I like it or not, so why not stick around for a few more decades and see what happens? In some ways it’s comforting to know I don’t have to do this forever and I don’t have to kill myself. Curiosity and things to look forward to. Even TV shows, games, movies, or visits from relatives. I always pick something to look forward to.
2. I try to remember that we’re all just making it up as we go along.
3. I think about the fact that all things considered I’m reasonably healthy and there’s no warrant out for my arrest.
4. I had a stroke a couple of weeks ago (only 27 and no health explanation for the event) and while I was in the hospital walking down the hall with my good old buddy Winston (what I named my IV drip machine pumping me with blood thinner) an older gentleman across the hall saw me and told his nurse I was far too young to be in the ICU. He had a little plastic pumpkin for Halloween and not much else so he asked the nurse to give it to me.
I never found out which patient gave me that pumpkin but since the stroke, whenever things get stressful I look at it (now sitting on my desk at work) and remember that everything is okay. I plan on keeping my little plastic stroke pumpkin for the rest of my life however long or short it may be.
5. I text a friend and see if they want to have dinner. We plan something and cook it with a good drink, then another, repeat as necessary. Life feels pretty good after a few drinks and dinner with friends. Also, I get to try out a lot of new recipes.
6. I have a roof over my head.
7. When I lay down at night with my cat (who is 20 years old). She’s such a love bug and I am so lucky to have had her this long and all the stress just melts away ❤️
8. My cat pretty much instinctively knows when I’m down. He gets very cuddly and won’t leave my side if I’m upset. My fiancee always says that he must be a loved-one reincarnated.
9. That despite the fact I suffer kidney failure and I’m on dialysis 3 days a week. I remind myself that I’m at least still alive and can still be with my family many other serious illnesses don’t give that luxury.
10. Riding my bike and listening to music, it takes my mind off of everything, and I forget what’s going on and I’m just happy.