When I was very, very young, I would always find myself thinking, Why does this have to happen to me? Why can’t it happen to a random girl in China? (No disrespect to anyone in China – at 5 years old it was pretty much the equivalent of Mars to me.) Whether it be that my favorite toy broke or that I got in trouble, that thought seemed to always creep into my mind. At the time I didn’t see anything wrong with it, but as I got older I realized how ignorant I truly was. Playing the Why Me card is selfish and immature. If not you, then who else?
My very first thought when I found out I would be working from 12-closing on the Fourth of July was, admittedly, Ugh. Why me? My next, however, was that someone has to do it, and why shouldn’t it be me? By working, I am giving one more person the opportunity to stay home with their family and enjoy the holiday. When you do something you don’t want to do, you are ultimately making a sacrifice for someone else. Don’t want to clean up that mess in the kitchen? Well, neither does your dad. Don’t want to work on holidays? Well, I guarantee you you’re co-workers don’t either.
When we accept the things in life that aren’t so good, and even put a positive spin on them, it makes everything that much more enjoyable. While hair feathers, flare jeans, and crocs have all gone out of style (were crocs ever really in style?), there is one thing that never will: positivity.