wake up

Simple enough, right? It’s safe to say a lot of us follow the A-B-D path, or maybe A-B-E (eventually). What is so easy for us to forget is how amazing every single day can be. We get so caught up in the daily grind of school, work, and everything else we have going on that we forget that, in the grand scheme of things, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

Who am I to remind you to remain on the side of optimism? Well, no one really. But I’m challenging myself, and in turn challenging those of you who are reading this, to distance from the feelings of dread and resignation. Follow the A-C-E path. Set your alarm clock to go off a few minutes earlier – and in that 5 or 10 minutes, think about life – the good and the bad, and do a little reflecting. If you’re unhappy with your current situation, whether it be working in a cubicle doing something you have no interest in, or being unemployed after looking for work over the past several months – put everything in perspective and embrace your situation. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll get where you want to be. Life is about continuing to learn and grow, and we’re right in the middle of it all.

Before heading out the door – do some things that make you happy, Have an extra bowl of cereal. Watch that episode of Saved by the Bell you’ve already seen 583 times. Go for the morning jog you always say you don’t have time for but wish you did. Blast the latest Lady Gaga tune and don’t feel ashamed (although it’s important to consider roommates and neighbors). MAKE TIME for yourself and wake up each new day with a feeling of excitement. Excited about something you may already know that’s coming. Excited about what surprises the new day may bring. Excited about life. And then enjoy it, every minute of it.

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  1. I just subscribed to your blog because of this post — it is awesome. It's funny because I see a lot of bloggers who seem so unhappy with their lives; or at least, we see the unhappy side of their lives in their blog because thats what generates their post ideas. But I agree with you that really, we all have a lot to be thankful for. Who are we to complain? I'm always excited about life. Or at least I try to be.

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  2. I love this post! It's so true and spot on. We have the choice to wake up and feel bad or feel good. Sometimes people forget that it's in our power to change our outlook around.

    It's not easy to keep smiling, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.

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  3. I love this post! It's so true and spot on. We have the choice to wake up and feel bad or feel good. Sometimes people forget that it's in our power to change our outlook around.

    It's not easy to keep smiling, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.

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  4. Nisha – sorry I haven’t been able to reply sooner (as you can see, I’ve made some changes around here). On the note of subscribing, I really appreciate it, but now you have to subscribe again (last time I promise). It was a bit of a mess before but I’m getting things cleaned up.

    I wrote this blog because there seems to be unanimous cynicism and pessimism within our generation. Almost every blog is about the recession, hating your job, or being unhappy in some other way. I wanted to present a different perspective, and more importantly, provide some tangible advice by suggesting that everyone make time for themselves – which will in turn positively alter the overall state of mind, which will ultimately life much more livable.

    Thanks again Nisha, I hope you will become a regular around here!

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  5. Awesome. I'm inspired.

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  6. Ranika -I'm glad I could provide a little inspiration. If this inspired one person to improve their overall state of mind, then I see it as a success. I know that since writing this, I have made an extra effort to make more time for myself, waking up a few minutes earlier than before – and it has really impacted my overall take on each new day. Thanks for coming by!

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  7. Funny, even before reading this post, I posted a tweet saying ” ‘Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life.’ Infuse every aspect of your life with creativity and you’ll never be bored or boring.”
    Great minds think alike!

    But I completely agree with this approach to everyday living. I myself have been getting caught up with all the work and thesis writing for my approaching graduation, but after the main load of my thesis was over, I started doing something simple: watching the old X-Men cartoon from the 90s with my roommate.

    Some of our other friends came over and watched it one night, my other roommate somehow got a HUGE tub of ice-cream, and all of the sudden, a day I thought was only going to consist of working and writing papers turned into an ice-cream party with old favorites on the TV. But I digress.

    As soon as you loosen up a little, you allow little bacon-bits of fun to get thrown in with your serious work salad. And it is delicious and makes everyday life a little more colorful.

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    • Thanks for the comment! I Love the analogy Preston – I could use a few more bacon bits in life’s salad myself. I think we all could.

      A day of ice-cream and old-school X-Men sounds like ultimate Nirvana to me – seriously, I think it’s at that point that you know you really have nothing else to live for! Haha – in all seriousness, it’s little things like that that make a big difference. It keeps you sane – it’s so easy to get caught up in all of life’s stresses that we forget to have fun, we forget to let go and be ourselves and have cartoon ice-cream socials!

      I think the key is making time for yourself – I don’t do it enough – I used to be a huge Xbox guy – played Madden and Call of Duty religiously – since I started blogging (amongst other things) the Xbox has been collecting dust. But I miss it, I need to make some time for it because it’s a way to relax and relieve stress on my own. It’s all about achieving that balance and making time for some sort of release.

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  8. This is a great post. We can get caught up in the “grass is greener” mentality and forget that great stuff is happening today. Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to try your ideas this week.

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    • Exactly – it can’t all be about the future – sometimes it needs to be about the “today”. Glad you enjoyed the post Melissa. I enjoyed going back and reading through it myself after all these months. Cheers!

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  9. Good stuff, Matt. It’s easy to get caught up in negativity and drag yourself into a rut, because we believe something incredibly profound has to happen to get us out of it. Like you say, though, it’s the little things in life that can truly make your day.

    How’s the XBOX doing?

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  10. Great advice, Matt. In the past couple weeks, I’ve been getting up a bit earlier so that I can enjoy runs at dawn…and it’s definitely worked over my attitude. :)

    In the comments, you’ve mentioned that this particular post was driven partially by the cynicism of our generation. I appreciate that you’ve addressed that. Following along that line, I have taken the approach of gratitude (in addition to ice cream and video games!). I’m immensely grateful for the opportunities I have, as well as the trials and challenges.

    Now I’m gonna go crack open that pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream…

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    • Hello my virtual bff! Thanks for the comment. When I wrote this, I was going through a lot of “change” in my own life, and as you pointed out, it was inspired by the overall lack of optimism I was seeing amongst our community. My goal back when this was written and beyond was to TRY and show people that the pessimistic attitude was just that, an attitude – an attitude that each of us is in full control of changing.

      It all starts with how you start the day – is it going to be a “today is going to suck” – already defeated attitude, or will you say, “I’m going to do everything I can to rock the shit out of today – and if life throws me a curve ball, I’ll deal and keep on truckin” – that’s the attitude I side with, that took me a while to get there and it’s not always easy, but every day is a fresh start – I try to to make the most of it and deal with the shit-storms as they come.

      Enjoy that ice-cream! :)

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