“Some Days You Have To Make Your Own Sunshine” 

We all have those meh days.

Those days when you drip your toothpaste down your perfectly ironed blouse. Those days when you go to collect your phone from charge and realise you forgot to switch it on at the wall. Those days when you have to run for the bus or trip up in front of a very large gathering of random strangers (or both, which would not seemingly be unlikely given the already terrible day you’re having).

Yes – for me today is one of those days.

After sleeping through my alarm, losing my bank card and missing my train connection I figured today was just going to be hopeless. A complete write off. And that sulking was perfectly acceptable because this day would put anyone in a bad mood, right?

Whilst scrolling through my Instagram feed in attempt to avoid all forms of social interaction (dealing with people on a day like this? Ew.) I came across the following quote:

“Some days you have to make your own sunshine.”

And a wave of realisation came crashing over me. For Gods sake Hannah, what are you doing?! This day was not ruined; this day was what I made it.

I think most people agree that happiness is not due to how nice your car is, or how big your house is, or any materialistic thing (which sure, might be nice to have). But having these things won’t suddenly have you beaming from ear to ear. Not in the long run anyway.

And if happiness is not down to objects and possessions, it’s also not dependent on other people. Sure, surrounding yourself by friends and loved ones will help fill you with enjoyment, but if your mind is still in a negative place, these amazing, wonderful people will have little impact on your happiness.

And so happiness cannot depend on what happens. If happiness is not a result of nice possessions or lovely people, happiness cannot be down to events (which after all are only some form of interaction between possessions and people). Sleeping through my alarm, yes, has added stress to my day. Losing my bank card, sure, was a pain in the arse. Missing my train connection was, indeed, incredibly frustrating.

But happiness is not found in the external world.

A switch had flicked inside of me mid Instagram-scroll not due to a possession. Not due to a person. But due to altering my thinking. The external world we cannot control; people come and people go, accidents happen, trains are late, the weather is shite. Our outlook on life? That’s the one thing we have total control of.

So stop looking outside for what can only be found inside yourself. Decide to be happy.

Make your own sunshine.

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