Good morning! Today I thought I would share my favorite childhood quote with you all. I was looking through some blogging prompt's and challenges, and there's quite a few awesome post ideas, so get ready! This was just one of them.
When I was little, my mom would always tell me "If you don't like it, change it," whenever I got mad or didn't like something or some aspect of my life. It used to drive me absolutely bonkers! I would always think to myself, "I can't change it. How do I change it? It's not in my control!" As I've gotten older, I've started to understand the underlying meaning to the quote, and it's become one of my favorites.
The original quote by Maya Angelou is:
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
Sometimes there are situations, people, events, and aspects of our life that we don't like. It's easy to feel hopeless when these things are a constant stressor. I think most people get bogged down because they feel like there's nothing they can do. When I was little, the quote would frustrate me because I thought it meant change the thing that was bothering me. For example, if a person was making me angry or being mean, I thought my mom was telling me to change the person. See why I would get so mad?
This quote inspires me to change what I can. If someone makes you unhappy, do something about it. Talk to them. Try to understand where they are coming from. If all else fails, don't allow them to be part of your life. You're the one in control of your life. It's time you make it into something spectacular.
If you are unhappy with your job, do something. Try and change your attitude about it. Figure out what's making you unhappy, and make it your mission to find a way to not let it effect you. Ultimately you have the choice of deciding what is and isn't going to be part of your life, and I think people sometimes forget this. Why do you have to stay at that job, or in that town, or at that school? Money? Well go out and look around for something that will make you happy.
I've noticed lately that I always tell people to "change it" and all I get are complaints of "I can't!" I hate hearing that! I'm putting this out there so people can look at unfortunate situations in life, and have a different perspective on them. The "change it" method may not be right for everyone, but you should at least consider it and try.
That's my two cents for today. If anything, I hope it helps you get through whatever may be going on in your life.