Me on a Saturday: Life is good! I love it! *twerks*
Me on a Sunday: Life is cool man...it is what it is. *shrugs shoulders*
Me on a Monday: Life is aight...it could be better. *rolls eyes at the wall*
Me on a Tuesday: What the hell is wrong with my life?! *falls out on the floor*
Me on a Tuesday night: Everything will work out. Be optimistic Sam. *meditates*
This, ladies and gentlemen is an accurate example of how my mind works at times on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. This also shows how controlling your thoughts, being the best person you can be, and living the best life you can live requires effort and constant practice. The internet will have you thinking that once you declare you are "living your best life," everyday going forward will be a breeze. Lies! The moment you decide to be a better person, mate, parent, friend, think positive, forget about a negative person, drink more water, eat better, lose weight, or whatever else - it requires a conscious and daily effort FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. You don't just decide to change your trajectory or way of thinking and all of a sudden you're this new person. You have to try hard on Monday, then Tuesday, then Tuesday night, Wednesday, then Wednesday around lunch time, Thursday.....you get the point.
Everyday different situations are thrown at us from a variety of angles forcing us to put all that we said we were made of to the test. I used to think that since I started viewing things from a mature perspective, I would automatically react different when life decided to throw a wrench in my plans. This was far from the truth. As soon as I was confronted with a situation, I found myself reverting back to my old way of thinking causing me to get frustrated with myself for not handling the situation like I thought I should. But then I realized that just like anything else you want to be great at, living your best life and all that comes with it requires practice and training. I'm constantly giving myself pep talks about situations or denying negative thoughts that come in my head. Of course the more I do it the better I get at it, but I always slip up. But the more I train, the easier it gets for me to bounce back from a slip up.
I will never do everything right, say the most profound things all the time, or have nothing but positive thoughts running through my mind constantly. But what I will do is make a daily effort to work towards being that person. No one will be totally perfect when it comes to navigating life, but with conscious effort and daily practice - we can definitely become damn good at it.