Life is not perfect. It isn't. You aren't perfect. I'm not perfect. Things don't go as planned. Dreams get crushed. People hurt us and we sometimes hurt them. We don't have everything we want. We don't accomplish everything we set out to accomplish. All of this is true. But there is also something else that is true. That is that we are awesome. We get through things we don't choose to go through, we accomplish things despite not being perfect, and we persevere even though the odds are sometimes against us. We also find that we are often forgiven by people for our shortcomings.
The bottom line is that we are awesome! As regular, imperfect human beings, we are awesome. We don't always know it, we don't always feel it, but we are. Here is a reminder for you if you woke up feeling "less than" today.
1. You have survived a relationship disaster, or lack there of
It doesn't matter if you're 18 or 85, at this point in your life, you have either had a major romantic relationship disaster that you have overcome, or not. Either way, that makes you awesome. Either side is something to be proud of with the right perspective. If you have gotten out of a bad relationship (either voluntarily or not), you survived and got through it and are on the other side. Hopefully you are already happier, but if not, you at least you are one step closer anyway. If you have been fairly lucky to not have any bad endings to relationships, good for you too! This might be because you have generally encountered nice, kind people and things just got in the way or you have yet to experience something. Something also can be so terrible that WHEN you survive you, you are so much stronger than before. This is a matter or perspective and with the right perspective, you control what your reality is. You decide whether something is a blessing or not and that is awesome.
2. Despite money, you're still surviving
I would venture to say that most of us don't have an endless supply of cash. Even with that in common, our financial situations vary through a wide spectrum. Despite the good times, the lean times, and the leaner than lean times, you have managed to eat enough, sleep enough, and thrive enough to be reading this article and for that, you are awesome! Know that no matter what money provides or doesn't provide for you in the future, you will make it. You know why you will make it? Because you have and you are capable.
3. You have had you're own set of successes and failures
We all have our strengths and weakness and I truly believe that they are one in the same. Literally think of any positive attribute of yourself or anybody that you know. Now think of the times that attribute works well for them, and why it is sometimes gets in their own way. Odds are that you will almost always find that is the case. With that said, we have all had successes and failures. Because you can't really have one without the other. Success is relative, but really, don't we measure our success and failures in relation to each other? If not, we should because by no means should we measure them to anyone else's. The answer is simple...our journey is just that: ours. So your highs and lows are related and they are yours. Be proud of every one of them. They made you who you've been, who you are, and who you will be.
4. No matter how things are, there is something to be grateful for
Gratitude is an amazing thing, it really is. It can also be oh so hard to find within us at times. However, there is always something to be grateful for, no matter how small. That means, that you (yes you), even on your worst day, you have something to be grateful for. That makes us all better than we sometimes think because, let's face it, we all have moments we don't want to think of what's good because we're focusing on what's wrong. It's human nature at times and we are in fact human. I do find though that most people I come in contact with are able to be grateful and that is awesome.
5.If you are reading this, you are still alive
I know, life has been hard and you may not be where you want to be or think that you will ever get where you want to go. But you know what? If you are reading this, that means you are still alive and that means you have purpose. That purpose may be something that you know, but it may also be something that you don't know...yet. But you are still here and you owe it to yourself and everyone around you to know that and see your full potential through. So many people don't get the chance. So if you're reading this, congratulations you're still here and you are awesome.
© 2019 Jess B
Jess B (author) from United States on March 25, 2019:
Thank you for reading Ellison Hartley and Cecil Kenmill! :) And thank you so much Cecil Kenmill for your service!
Gratitude is such a precious thing to have as much as I love having gratitude myself, I love being around others even more who are grateful. Hopefully it is contagious and can be spread around more. I know we will try! :)
Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on March 20, 2019:
This is a great article, I think we all need to be reminded sometimes to live with Gratitude and to look at the bright side!
Cecil Kenmill from Osaka, Japan on March 19, 2019:
Well done! I totally agree. Unfortunately, I think we are all lacking in gratitude. It wasn't until I joined the Army that I realized how awesome life was as a civilian. The Army was awesome too but I didn't realize it until I became a veteran!