I love TedTalks. Some of them can be quite long, but when they pop up on my Facebook or Twitter feeds I always try to make a mental note to watch them when I get a chance. Sometimes, the little inspiration that these videos provide is just what you need to help get you through a tough day. This is possibly my favourite TedTalk that I’ve ever seen.
“Hard is not relative. Hard is hard. We need to stop ranking our hard against everyone else’s hard to make us feel better or worse.”
I spent about an hour on ted.com watching some of these videos today. I found one that sounded a lot like something that a good friend of mine told me when I was struggling with my own health in high school. It was grade 11, and this friend was my social studies teacher. She believed in me, and gave me the best advice I have ever received in my life. She told me that sometimes life gives you a gift, it just happens to be covered in shit. You have to dig through all the shit to get to the gift, but it is all worth it. Keeping in the theme that hard is not relative, and that everyone has their own struggles, this video shows that there is always light in the darkness.
“You’ll be challenged, inspired, motivated, and humbled. Your life will have new meaning.”
There’s a really great message in both of these videos. I hope you take the time to watch them :)
I’ve always said that happiness is a choice. We can take any situation, and choose how we feel about it. Lately, my days have felt like they are filled with garbage and clutter and the point that I look forward to most is going to bed at the end of the day – just because it means that another day is over.
This is not at all how I want to spend my days. Because I have a sinking feeling that “simply surviving” each day of this last month will turn into this whole semester, this year, and before I know it it could consume much of my life.
I heard about the 100 Happy Days Challenge a while ago, and thought it was a cute idea. But like I was ever going to actually do it. My friend Melanie jumped right into it though. Each day for the last 14 days, my news feed has been sprinkled with the everyday things that she finds joy in. From family time, to playing squash, to a sunset at the end of a lazy day, Melanie has found at least one thing each day for the last two weeks to be happy about.
Melanie’s display of daily happiness has inspired me to do the challenge as well. For the next 100 days, I will make a post about something that day that made me happy. Big or small, I will seek out the happiness in each day.Just a small step in turning my life around.
100 days from now is April 29, 2014. I will be finished this semester, and my third year of university. I will be living in a place with just Curtis and me, and no more roommates. I will be preparing to start my professional field placement. Those are the things that I know for sure. If I resolve to be happy for the next 100 days, I wonder what other doors and experiences will open up to me.
I don’t know about you, but I always get especially emotional around Christmas. The spirit of giving in is in the air, and because of it I am always overcome with incredible joy. That joy is, 9 times out of 10, expressed through tears. The act of kindness that follows is no different.
WestJet did something really spectacular this year, and showed the Christmas spirit to the passengers of two Calgary-bound flights. The video, and the reactions of the passengers, truly speaks for itself. My favourite is the lady who received a camera.