Healthy distractions

Hi again everyone! 

I’ve had a slightly less stressful week. My finances are a bit more up and running, unlike myself. But I have come to the realization that I need structure and budgets to follow, in order to stay afloat. Having more or less lost my two part-time jobs I need to set up a system that limits my spending ability. 100kr per day for food, coffee, beer or anything else whilst setting aside money each month for debt and bills. So enough about me.

When you are thinking about something that is very worrisome and you can’t fix the problem at that point in time, but it still pops up in your head, go do something. There are many options here in Oslo(and I’m guessing other places as well) where you can go and distract yourself for free. Many types of concerts, gatherings, workshops and lectures to get your mind of things. Bear in mind that just because it’s free, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth anything.

I met a very interesting person tonight during a concert that helped me understand that I’m lucky and all the things I worry about are minuscule by comparison. He thanked me for my input and I for his, and went our seperate ways. You can make an impact in people’s lives by just being you, so you owe it to yourself and the world to strive towards the best you. If you’re bad at something, it only means you can get better. If you’re good at something, you can get better at it. And if you’re great at something do that as often as you can. I heard in a motivational speech by Nick Vujicic that the two greatest days of your lives are: the day you are born and the day you know WHY.

On that note, to get closer to my headline, writing has become a healthy distraction. Find yours..

Overcoming obstacles

Hi again. Sorry for not posting for a while. Things have been busy in my world lately.

Which is why I have aptly titled this post “Overcoming obstacles”. Every negative situation is either a problem or an opportunity. This weekend I went to an afterparty and lost something important. I spent the coming two days trying to retrieve said object to no prevail. I got by with a little help from my friends, as a certain British pop group once sung. And when everything had sorted out in a manner of speaking I stood up from my sisters couch and walked a few steps, and then my left knee buckled under me. Two and a half years ago I tore my ACL and, until recently was not able to run or move without hiccups. The feeling in my knee seems eerily close to the one post-injury and pre-operation. What I’ve taken from this negative situation is that I have more time to write my plans, lectures and blogs. And since I can’t walk too far I also so have more of an opportunity to these things.

Think back to a negative situation in your life, minor or major. Did it become an opportunity or remain a problem? I didn’t start thinking of opportunities until recently and I have been a victim so many times, complaining about things happening to me and seeking comfort over advice. Misery loves company, but sympathy needs victims. I’m not saying bad shit doesn’t happen but for someone to feel sorry for you, you must feel you have something to feel sorry about. In Norwegian we say: stakkars deg, which loosely translates to: you poor thing. Who are you calling poor? I say back. It isn’t what happens to you that matters, it’s how you respond that matters.

So next time something bad happens to you, flip it from what you don’t have, to what you have left. If you get robbed: at least I didn’t waste that money on mindless self indulgence. If you get hurt: now I can have my exam orally or I get to sit down and relax Way more than before. If you have an argument: at least now I know how that person feels about the situation.

“Obstacles are hurdles you need to get over. The bigger the hurdle, the bigger the gain.”-Jostein