Day 1. ‘Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.’

‘Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.’ 

In these hard and uncertain times, I think it’s important to write something like this. 1) It helps me and 2) I feel it might be useful for others who may be able to relate. I am one of many who is a final year student and am currently trying to finish my degree. I didn’t think that this would be how my university experience would end. I’m sure nobody did. I wanted to start writing a diary for a week and talk about the one main thing that’s been the highlight of my day. I will also take a photo of it and post it here.

From now on, I will focus on the positivity of my day, rather than the negative, and choose one quote a day to live by.

As many know, I’ve been finding it really hard to focus on my university workload and be on top of my degree. I either don’t manage to do any work in a day, or I do a tiny bit. By a ‘tiny bit’ I literally mean one hundred words or so. It’s not as much as I used to do, but I’m now trying to be in the mindset of ‘slow and steady wins the race’ and doing things in bite sizes. If I can just get a little bit achieved a day, or every other day, then I think I should be content with that. It’s also difficult adjusting with the work space. At university, I could be at the library whereas now I either try my desk in my room or downstairs at the dining room table. It can be very hard when there’s not always that same environment and you get easily distracted.

The main highlight of my day was taking the dogs out for a walk. I am fortunate enough to live by a dual carriageway path which is long enough to have a good bit of exercise. I took them both out this afternoon and the sun was shining and it was quiet so I was living life. I was wearing my James Blunt top and I  had my sunglasses on and it was bliss. The dogs were happy, tails wagging and even when runners or cyclists rode past nearby, the majority of them would smile and say ‘good afternoon’ or ‘hello’ and it really did cheer me up. By just getting out for half an hour or so makes such a difference for me. It gets me out the house and I can have a bit of me time.

Doggys day 1 diary

‘Some things just fill your heart without even trying.’ 

My advice to all you lovely people, from experience is:

  • Know that it’s okay not to be okay sometimes. I’m pretty sure that everyone is feeling a bit anxious and scared at the moment from the situation. When you’re not feeling your best, don’t put yourself down about it. Just accept what you’re feeling and let it pass. Do something to make you happy, which will hopefully cheer you up and make you feel better. Give yourself that time to realise that you’re not going to do all you could have done before because your mind is going to be on other things. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
  •  There’s always going to be good things that happen, no matters how big or small. In the evenings, look at your day and reflect upon what went well. If it’s been a bad day, then the positive thing could be the nice weather, or a hug from a loved one.
  •  Keep talking. Communicate to friends and family through Facetime or messenger. It makes me feel good keeping in touch with people.

 

So for today remember:

‘Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.’ 

Until tomorrow,

 

Asha (Oh, and please stay safe and keep smiling.)

 

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