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How to Have Hope When Life Gives You Lemons

-When life gives you lemons, gleefully accept the misguided charity and incorporate it into your scheme for world domination.-I mentioned in my previous post that when you are in a good place, it is important to remember that you can easily find yourself back in a difficult one. That’s how, (even though I am still ecstatic about some recent good news) I ended up with a fractured spinal vertebrae. It goes without saying that it hurt (so much) and that moving around isn’t easy. The fracture was the result of a fall and since I’ve had a similar fall before, the doctors aren’t sure if it’s recent or not. My recovery is slow and challenging. I was supposed to start of a new semester this week and now that has been postponed.

Life didn’t so much give me lemons as throw them at me like a citrus curveball, and I’ve never been the best at dealing with pain. It’s difficult to stay optimistic that I will heal and go back to being my old self, but I’m trying. I’m even staying on task with posting weekly. (Go me!)

If you’re going through your own difficult time, maybe you’ll take comfort in what I tell myself to keep hope alive.

Things to Remember When You’re Feeling Hopeless

  1. You’ve been through so many difficult times already.  It’s safe bet that this isn’t the first setback you’ve experienced, but you made it through all of them and you’ll come through this one, too.
  2. What doesn’t kill you… Even if it doesn’t seem like anything positive will come from this there’s a good chance that it will. Maybe it’ll only teach you that you can handle something as disheartening as whatever it is you’re going through, but that’s still valuable. You never know how strong you can be until you are tested. Or as Happy Bunny would say, When life gives you lemons, gleefully accept the misguided charity and incorporate it into your scheme for world domination.
  3. Bad times don’t last forever. Good times don’t last forever, but neither do the bad times. Everything has a season and there is always something better on its way. In August, I get to spend time with friends and family at my first book signing. That might be far away, but it’s something that I look forward to help me keep perspective.
  4. You are not alone. Social media can make us feel as isolated as it can connected to people. When life is difficult, it’s easy to feel like you’re dealing with your situation alone or that no one will understand what you’re going through. However, there is always someone who cares about you and wants what’s best for you. Maybe you don’t know it because you haven’t focused your attention in the right place or you’re overlooking someone, but I’ve found kindness in people I didn’t even know.
  5. Things can always improve, as long as you don’t give up. 

How do you deal with setbacks? What are some things you try to remember to stay optimistic? I love hearing from you! Feel free to leave comments and questions below.

2 thoughts on “How to Have Hope When Life Gives You Lemons

  1. Sorry to hear about your injury! 😦 I hope you feel better soon.

    When I’m going through tough times, the one thing I go to before anything else is a treat. Be it chocolate or books, I make sure to be nice to myself. Then like you I try to remember that bad times don’t last forever, and that I’ve accomplished so much and had many good times as well.

    • Zen! I’ve missed you. Thank you for your concern! I actually treated myself yesterday, it was slightly business related but I think it’s the coolest and I’m so excited 🙂

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