So it’s safe to say 2016 hasn’t been great. The world is currently in a messy limbo and it’s easy to feel a bit lost. I know headache attacks don’t make it any better, one minute you’re getting ready for a girls night and the next minute you’re on the brink of fainting and can’t move. When it feels like it’s all gone to (excuse my French) shit, I think you need a little pick me up and I’ve made it in the form of this list. Here’s 50 things to cheer you up.
- Brownies fresh out the oven.
- Every Christmas advert this year, they’re all so cute!
- Getting pjs warm out the tumble dryer.
- My new addiction to Gilmore Girls (Yes, I’m late to the party…)
- Remembering a cup of tea when it’s at the perfect temperature.
- A train ride through the countryside.
- Discovering you like foods you didn’t before because your taste buds have changed.
- Iced coffee (This is due to the above phenomenon)
- When your nail polish doesn’t smudge.
- Flamingos. (If you haven’t seen them parade, watch this now).
- Good selfie lighting.
- When you predict a plot line in a TV show episodes before it happens.
- Our kitty Blue in particular.
- Travelling to new places.
- The fact that David Attenborough exists.
- Getting your eyeliner right first time.
- Making a party best friend.
- A Lush bath.
- Burg Eltz in Germany (It’s in the middle of the forest and it’s straight out of Disney movie. If you can go, it’s worth it.)
- The fact that Pokémon made an epic return.
- Days watching trashy tv like Say Yes to The Dress.
- The take off part of a flight.
- Walking in clean snow.
- Puns, accidental ones are particularly good.
- Finding everything on your shopping list in one trip.
- A face mask.
- Fresh bed sheets.
- You have a Momma as cool as Regina George’s.
- Purple lipstick.
- The fact that you can get pretty much any character in pop culture as a Pop Vinyl figure.
- A Harry Potter marathon with my favourite girls.
- Mint oreos.
- Your friends who you can talk to about literally anything and they won’t judge.
- Your Christmas Eve traditions (New pjs, Chinese food and Miracle on 34th Street [1994 version]).
- Your bullet journal and how it nice it feels to be organised.
- When your hair dries and comes out naturally nice.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race.
- Your Totoro onesie.
- Getting a haircut and actually being happy with it.
- Fancy dress.
- That days without pain do exist.
See, the world isn’t so bad after all. Just remember that it isn’t all doom and gloom, come back to this list anytime.
So as we get into January, the daily grind starts again. Although for us joyous people in retail, it never ended. Anyway, everyone’s trudging back to work and school after the season of indulgence and it always feels a little bleak. Why is it no longer acceptable to crack the prosecco out for breakfast and have a decorated tree in your living room?
Our days become a little less excitable and a lot more ordinary after the festive season. We all have a bit of a reboot. Some decide to detox and hit the gym, even if it is only for a month while most hit the reset on their jolly emotions. The festive period made everything seem a little brighter and happier and it reflected through everyone, take notice because people smile a hell of a less throughout their year. When we get back to this stilted ordinariness, I refer to one of my favourite concepts:
It’s the idea that right now there are hundreds, thousands, well an unfathomable number of other universes. Some dramatically different to ours where say the dinosaurs still roam but others only a little different where I might happen to have brown eyes instead of blue. It’s an insane idea to get your head around that there’s possibly tons of different versions of yourself out there but at times it can oddly give me comfort.
Say I’m having a bad day, I’m running late to work, I’ve got a long shift and I’m full of the cold. All you want to do in that situation is curl up and feel sorry for yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I obviously do that too. However, I think about the universe where I’m on time to work, feeling great and I’m only in 4 hours. At least somewhere out there, I’m on the right path. There’s also the me out there who’s already writing her 3rd bestselling novel and I’m happy for her but I know I’m not ready for that yet. You can easily use it in reverse, as the only saying goes ‘things could always be worse’. For instance while dealing with tricky customers is a pain, I could be in a world where the Hunger Games is actually real or the mass majority of the population has turned into cannibals.
Now a lot of you could be saying I’m just running away with my imagination or I spend way too much time day dreaming. To be fair both of those assumptions are pretty accurate. However, I urge you to creative your own alternative universes. Some only a little different, where you’re studying photography instead of art but others that are completely over the top with monsters and aliens.
Some days we all feel like we’ve hit rock bottom. I’ve been there. I’ve been stuck in the emotional fog and it’s horrible. My alternative universes help me realise that while things could be better, they could also be worse. It hurts to lose someone but it’s even better to have had them in your life at all. Life is a middle ground. Sometimes you need a little bit of the ridiculous to appreciate it.