You do not have a bad life.

With all the weird and awful events that occured in the past couple of weeks, I cannot help but feel somewhat shaken.  I’ve always believed in this institution, even if most of my peers have remained less than optimistic.  I think it’s the fact that I bear witness to the lives it changed, specifically the people who used to work for it, but with the strings rapidly unraveling the cloth, I don’t know how long it would take for this institution to regain its reputation.

But it kind of made me reevaluate my days.  For the past three weeks, I have been working till 8 in the evening.  I think there were only a handful of instances that I left early to run or hit the gym, but after that, I always came back to finish a page or two.  And for a moment, actually for a week, I thought my life was awful.

It was very much like those first world pains that people (at least from Twitter) often joke about, like complaining about having too much food for lunch and now you’re tired.  Or having to tilt the Pringles container because your hand is too big to fit in and you can’t get the chips.

So when I stumbled upon this pin from Pinterest, I was really slapped across the face.  Then I read about Somalia, so I finished every morsel of my packed lunch.  A little after that, I heard about the passing of an officemate, so I went to see a few faces I have not seen for a very long time.

That’s our fault; we complain too much.  The moment comfort is denied, or even just diminished, it is already a complete injustice to the way we live.  And that is not even an exaggeration.

Paulo Coehlo said “Everyday, God gives us a moment to change everything that makes us unhappy.  Use it.”

You do not have a bad life.  If your test script failed, it only means it needs tweaking.  If the microwave is broken, it means you can digest your food even if it is cold.  If it rained on your way to the parking lot, it means you haven’t ran for days.

You do not have a bad life.  You’re just having a bad day.  And acknowledging that would make all the difference in the world.

Keep ya head up.


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