I had a rough week.
Not the kind of rough week that results in a long list of things-gone-wrong and a sigh of “Girrrrl, I need to VENT!”. Nothing tangible like that. My sighs sound more like ‘Well, you know, it’s one of THOSE weeks’: First word problems, chocolate cravings, untimely nostalgia, “I’m probably just under the weather.”
‘Merica is an acquired taste. The best things always are. This past week, I was knowingly halfway there; Washington and I were on a half-hearted, confusing fourth date. The novelty of “going to a new place” had worn off, but I still didn’t quite fit in. It’s not unlike that third day of kindergarten, almost-but-not-quite able to colour inside the lines. Or, being at a concert, trying to sing along to that song everyone knows (you think you know it too, but you’re barely mumbling along to the lyrics all the same).
Basically, a big load of self-imposed awkwardness followed me around last week.
At times like these, my Facebook-self usually stays perpetually optimistic: “Have you seen my blog? Have you seen my life? It’s cool. My hair is brown. I read the newspaper. I have attractive friends. Please like me.”
(Between you and me: my roots are coming in, the only physical paper I read is Street Sense, and no, I’m not dating the guy next to me in that picture. But please don’t tell Facebook. Those people knew me in middle school.)
This Friday, it felt like it was finally (finally, finally) time to crowd source some cheer:
I knew warm fuzzies were all over the internet. What I didn’t know was that my friends and readers could bust them out on demand like that. And I certainly didn’t know that they worked so well. Turns out, there is a way to line up some of the internet’s better offerings and (hopefully) make for a better day. Or a better week. Really, just a better outlook, period.
And so, based on these suggestions, I present to you: 10 Steps to a Better Day, Courtesy of the Internet
1) Press the “Make Everything Okay” button: http://make-everything-ok.com/
2) Spend a few minutes reading “Gives Me Hope”: http://www.givesmehope.com
3) Watch this video.
4) Now, go on: Get onto Facebook, pick up your phone, and do what that video told you to do at the end. Reach out to family. Write a thank you note.
5) You did it? Good. Time to go to your quiet place: http://thequietplaceproject.com/
6) Come back from your quiet place. Watch this to feel grateful that you can:
7) Amazing, right? While you’re at it, you should probably watch this one, too.
8) Are you crying? ‘Cuz I’m totally crying. Time for a hug: http://www.thenicestplaceontheinter.net/
9) Read a few of the “1000 Awesome Things”: http://1000awesomethings.com/
10) Turn off your computer, go outside if you’re able–if you can’t, at least try to open a window. Shake it out. Put on your favourite song. And remember: