For many years of my life, I had a pretty good temper. I’d get all sorts of steamed over things pretty easily. Maybe it was a person. Or something at work. Or during college. Or high school. Or driving. Oh my… during driving.
Though I am still competitive as can be in softball, my temper there isn’t even remotely close to what it once was.
It comes to a point in life where getting steamed just isn’t worth it.
Look, I can’t say I never get upset. I do. I’m human after all.
But after having an extended “vacation” because of a newspaper layoff, I started to realize that getting mad over silly things is just, well, silly. So I try and keep that in mind. I smile more and try and take deep breaths.
Life is short.
In this life, people will do many different things. Some will travel extensively. Some will never leave their home area, even for a vacation. Some will have many kids, some will have none. Some will battle illness throughout their lives; some will be as healthy as possible.
We’re all different.
That’s something, unfortunately, that isn’t always a good thing. In 2015, there’s still racism. There’s stull bullying. There’s still murder, crime and war. A lot of this comes from people being different from one another.
There’s rich and poor. Sometimes, the poor people work way harder than the rich people. But it doesn’t always work out that the hard worker is rewarded.
Why do I bring all this up, though? To keep things in perspective.
Control the things you can in life. Work to better yourself. Do the things you need to do to get ahead and move forward with your life.
That doesn’t always mean it will work out.
Maybe, that will give you a reason to get truly mad. But try not to take it out on anybody.
But getting mad at the little things? It’s time to try and squish those. As I noted, I still get that way sometimes. And it happens. But I’m working on it. And I think I’ve mad massive steps in that personal goal. I’ll not always be able to hide it, but there are times I can take a deep breath and get through it.
I put it in perspective.
Life is hard. It’s never going to be easy. But if you smile and get through things, you’ll get less steamed.
Then, if you are lucky, you can get the steamed where they really matter – clams!
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