You know those days when you have a three hour lab at lunchtime, or a 12-hour clinical, or a block of classes without break, and you didn’t plan ahead for the moments when the only thought on your mind is food?
You almost feel stuck waiting until you can grab a bite to eat, but you can’t go quite yet because you have to dedicate this time to other things. You can’t be satisfied all the time. Likewise, you can’t be happy all the time. There will be good days and there will be bad days just like there will be times when you’ll be so hungry your stomach feels as though it’s collapsing on itself. When you finally taste food again, that sensation will be far more meaningful and rewarding. There will be times when you don’t understand why the world is against you and why you feel sad, why your favorite old dog is suddenly sick when you’re away, why your grandpa is in hospice…you name it. There’s a lot we can’t control, but I assure 100% that the light in your heart comes back, brighter than ever. Just you wait. Time heals all hearts. You can’t measure how long it takes to mend a wound, but here are some steps to help you grow from the pain:
- Give yourself a day to mope. If your workload is mundane and irrelevant to the large scheme, don’t do it that day. Pick it up when you’ve cleared you mind a little bit.
- Write down your thoughts. A week later you’ll be writing about the best night you just had and skim across the words that aren’t so tender anymore. You can gauge your progress!
- Stay busy. Pick up a new hobby or follow through with old ones.
- Call old friends. Call new friends. See what’s up with them and you’d be surprised how much they can offer whether its a laugh or advice.
- Dress how you want to feel. Feel good look good. Feel bad, still look good.
- Find a release. Exercise is a good outlet, and you’ll feel healthy and energized. Then treat yourself. It’s been a while since you had Rod’s. Go get a shake and bring a friend. 🙂
- Music. Sample to every kind and ask for recommendations. Listen “Blindsided” by Bon Iver for a gloomy, reflective song. Listen to “Take You There (El Bee Remix) by Sean Kingston to start to an awesome night WOO.
Life is good.