Taking the Good with the Bad

     Life is a little bit gritty. Life is not always sunshine and rainbows and sparkles. While it’s great to look on the bright side of things when you can, and try be optimistic, sometimes you also have to be realistic. Life can be tough sometimes.

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     Things won’t always go your way, and you can’t control that. Sometimes things will go completely wrong, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. All you can do, is accept how it is and do your best to go with the flow and work with what’s happening, instead of against it.

     Sometimes everything will seem to be going well, and you feel happy and in a good place. But then suddenly you’re not happy; maybe something changed, maybe there’s no change at all but you’re just no longer happy. That’s normal. It’s ok to not feel ok all the time. Humans have such a complex spectrum of emotions, and we live in such a big, complicated, confusing society, that yes, of course you’re going to feel off sometimes.

     There are days when the world seems like too much, like it’s too big and scary and there’s too many bad things going on. Days when you just want to hide from it all. That’s normal too. It is big and scary, there are bad things happening. Life is raw and brutal and rough and unfiltered, and sometimes we feel helpless up against it all.

     And yet we have to carry on. You can have your wobbly moments, when emotions get the best of you, that’s absolutely ok. But you can’t expect things to be perfect all the time, and you can’t feel disappointed when they’re not. We can’t rail against the unfairness of the world, nor give up when things get hard. Because life is imperfect, we are all imperfect, and we cannot change that fact.

     All we can do, is what’s best for each of us, and we can lean on each other and help each other, and maybe we’ll all make it through the tough times together. We can find what makes us happy, and make the best out of our situations. We can grit our teeth, pull up our boots, and just keep going.

     Life is real. Life is tough, and it won’t go your way all the time. Life can get gritty and dark and difficult. But we find the people who can help us and support us, and we relish in the moments of light and joy and happiness. We take the good with the bad, and we make it through.

Inspired by The Daily Posts’s prompt ‘Grit’.