Even a Positive Polly is guilty of getting wrapped up in the dangerous cycle of worrying about the little things. It happens to the best of us. I bet you even Lauren Conrad has a bad hair day from time to time. (You never know.) It’s inevitable. So I rallied up a few of my strongest soldiers, 10 in fact, who I call on when I just can’t seem to shake the worries. Here you are . . .
10. Will it matter 1 year from now?
My Gram often asks me this question when I’m driving myself stupid over a car bill, or a cast list, my jealousy of T Swift, my complete lack of a love life, something at work—whatever it may be. Realistic or irrational. Almost always, the answer is “No.” Unless for some reason Timehop is able to reproduce unconditional feelings, then no—whatever is bothering you today will not be bothering your year-older self.
9. Britney Spears made it through 2007.
I know this saying has been around for a while, and I am by no means claiming its origin. But every now and then, when I find myself treading overly dramatic waters, I envision that endlessly trending picture of Britney, bald, pumping gas. And suddenly, I am reminded that I too, will make it through.
8. Your heart is beating, isn’t it?
A healthy body is a privilege denied to many. Don’t let ungratefulness affect the health of your mind and spirit.
7. You can always get a new haircut.
If all else fails, and you can’t seem to shake the daily worries—go to the salon, get a fresh cut. I promise you, you will come out revitalized and ready to take life by the balls all over again.
6. You’re really not alone.
Everyone sweats the small stuff. EVERYONE. You know when people say, “Someone out there is going through worse.”? Well, next time they tell you that, kindly thank them and move on. Also, tell them to take a class on being more sensitive to people’s feelings. What you SHOULD know, is that someone out there is feeling exactly what you are. That’s what I find comforting. Knowing that I’m not the only one who has a mild panic attack when someone eats my leftovers.
5. There will always be wine.
Because there will be. And if that doesn’t make you feel better about life, then there is no hope.
4. You can buy the complete series of Boy Meets World.
Seriously, YOU CAN. Right now. Walmart has it for under $50.00! GO!
3. No one is stopping you from accepting and moving on.
I can easily dwell on the smallest of problems and turn them into this colossal zombie apocalypse in my mind… easily. But do you know who’s boss of the let’s-make-this-girl-freak-the-hell-out-over-nothing department in your mind? YOU. So fire those little shits and make space for some employees who take themselves less seriously.
2. It will be Christmas again.
I know we’re soooooo close; I can almost SMELL the whole-lotta-family-time, so it’s easier said than done. But even mid-summer, remind yourself: there is always Christmas and fuzzy socks.
1. “Life is short” is so much more than a cliché.
We are all guilty of wallowing, and self-pity, floundering in the have-nots, dwelling on the unimportant. If you’re not, then go back to Finland where they have their shit together. Seriously—life is short. When you find yourself consumed by all of these worries, unable to get out of your own head; whatever it may be—remind yourself of those three words. We don’t have time to waste. I will never be Taylor Swift, but I will spend my life dancing to her beats and being grateful that I am me.