So… after a long working week I was really looking forward to the weekend, to a bit of sun and fun. Guess what? My beloved English weather presented me with a rather miserable day that made me wonder whether we are actually in the month I see written in the calendar. You know the feeling, right?
The thing is that I still needed to shoot something to show you, guys, so I ignored the florals and bright garments hanging on my closet dying to be worn and went for a weather-appropriate attire instead.
This sudden change of plans made me remember a family trip we organized when we were little to go to Madrid’s biggest amusement park. We had been talking about the trip for weeks on end and the hype was noticeable at home on the days leading to the big event. And the day finally came, and it was also a cloudy one, but we were going to have the time of our lives and the weather was not really a problem for little Saida, so off we went!
Alas, when we got to the amusement park… it was closed!!!! We had no idea why (pre-Internet era, people), but I tell you that “gutted” is an understatement for how I felt when we found out. I don’t even recall what we did for the rest of the day, but I do remember my father’s wise words on the way back home: this was a life test, so that you learn that plans are only a guidance but they can change. It’s OK to make plans and get excited about things, but you have to let the frustration go when things don’t turn out the way we want.
Needless to say, I stayed mad the whole afternoon and, to this day, the failed trip stuck in my memory, although so did my dad’s piece of advice so I guess it’s a technical draw 😉
Life is unpredictable and doesn’t really care for our beautifully designed plans, so we have to build up resilience if we want to keep frustration at bay. Don’t get me wrong, I totally believe in the law of attraction and that good vibes attract even better vibes. That’s why I try to put out as much positive energy as I can possibly muster (er… most of the time! –#itsoktofeelshitsometimes), but occasionally life can be the opposite of ladylike and throw some curved balls at our face that we have to try and duck… somehow.
However, not all is bad news here, do you know why? Because human beings have the incredible ability to adapt to the ever turning & twisting roller coaster that is life. We constantly hear and read inspiring stories about people like you and me who have turned their misfortunes into life lessons, who have decided to make radical changes in order to pursue their dreams, who have learned the value of this gift we have been given.
So here’s to ruined plans and to our astonishing capacity to make the best out of things, to look for the silver linings amidst the grey (British) clouds, to enjoy the little pleasures in life and so many other clichéd phrases 🙂
Because it is in our nature to get frustrated when reality doesn’t meet our expectations, but it’s equally human to keep on having those expectations so that life can surprise us by exceeding them.
I actually believe is a healthy mental exercise to imagine the life we wish to have so that we can stay hopeful and inspired, so that we push ourselves to become the better version of ourselves, so that we keep on having big dreams that a bit of disappointment can’t chase away!
What are your tricks to keep frustration at bay, glamistas? Do you normally see the glass half-empty or half-full?
Let me know down below, I read and appreciate each and every one of your comments week after week! ♥