Having recently discovered that I was not admitted into my university’s Masters in English program, I cannot say that my spirits have been particularly lifted as of late. I am trying my absolute best to remain positive, however it is easy to feel glum about unexpected things that occur in our lives.
I was brainstorming some ways in which I could boost my mood, and I found myself heading to my nearest Dollar Store to purchase some supplies for a craft I had in mind. I ended up buying a cork board and some rhinestones, and before I knew it I was engaging in a creative activity to get my mind off things.
I decided to hang the cork board in my room up at school and to have it display a few of my favourite quotations. The quotations I chose to hang on the board are as follows:
“There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy”
“Prove them wrong”
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you”
“Work hard, stay humble”
“Everything happens for a reason”
Cheesy? Perhaps. Lame? I don’t believe so. Hanging these sayings in a space where I complete a majority of my academic assignments is, in my opinion, a pleasant reminder of how to perceive everyday obstacles. They serve as an example of the perspectives I wish to have on the events and stresses that present themselves in my own life, and despite seeing insignificant in context, I do believe they will help me in the present and the future.
The cork board I constructed is by no means fancy nor beautiful, however for me it is an effective way to remind myself to remain positive and to stay true to myself in tough situations. I catch myself smiling when it crosses my vision, and for me, that is enough.