You know the song from Annie “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”? That’s what I feel like I say to people 9 out of 10 times when they are freaking out about something. Well, I don’t feel all redheaded and cheery like Annie; I’m probably closer to Jay Sherman from The Critic. Honestly though, I’ve never seen Annie or The Critic but I am getting somewhere with this.
A few months ago there was this thing going on at my friend’s alma mater making national news. My friend was very upset. Their school’s legacy is now ruined, the state gets a bad rap, people are going to judge my friend for going there… All those worst case scenarios were running through my friend’s head. I probably didn’t help much but my advice was that nothing was going to change that effected my friend. Nothing.
What happened? I’m sure it’ll be a topic of conversation for another year amongst relatives and at alumni events but for my friend nothing will change. The sun will come out tomorrow and every little thing is gonna be alright. ← See, not everyone can combine Annie and Bob Marley into a sentence.
TL;DR There are very few things in life outside of our control that will affect us. Everyday we have many more choices we can make with what we do with our time that’ll be of much greater impact than decisions and happenings we have no control over. Go do something with your time.
That previous sentence is as much for you as it is for me. Now let’s get to it.