A plant tried to wreck my day.
It failed. Let me explain…
It’s been a shitty day. I’m not trying to swear on this blog, but some words are not as descriptive as swear words… so it was shitty.
It started out with my cranky three-year-old screaming, “Don’t look at me!” while I was trying to get him ready for daycare. This was emphasized with a hand in my face and a dirty look. We managed to get past that and finally got ready for the day.
Except we couldn’t leave, because I couldn’t find my car keys! After some frantic searching, I gave up and had to grab the spare set. I was driving and looked down at my hand. Under my fingernail was some unidentifiable crud. My deep thought was…I sure hope that’s dirt and not poop. (I live with two toddlers and a baby- poop happens.)
I was low on gas, so I stopped at the gas station and got everything set up to fuel my vehicle. I started cleaning out my (super sylin’) minivan where consequently, I ended up finding the original set of missing keys…only to realize several wasted minutes later that I was not actually pumping any gas. *sigh* So I let out a few expletives under my breath and got the pump humming. When I was hurriedly finishing up, I dropped the nozzle straight to the ground. Thunk. Swear. I’ve only been awake for two hours and all I want to do is crawl back into bed!
Karma, you’re not on my side today. I’m not going to let it get me down, though, I will stay positive! I actually said out loud, “Reset! Reset!” I read that in a self-help book that you can reprogram your mind to reset. Did it work? Hmmm…not sure it reset my day, but it reminded me to keep my chin up.
When I got to work, things were MEH. As the day wore on, I had to open the same computer program three times, the email attachment wouldn’t work, and I missed a deadline. These are all every day, minor annoyances that were magnified because of all the other cruddy things that had happened so far in the day.
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for. The plant that tried to ruin my day. There is a plant called mother- in-law’s tongue on my window sill at work. *Mother-in-law’s tongue…that’s the actual name of the plant. I swear, that is a real thing. I didn’t make it up.
It was a beautiful summer day today. I opened the window. Below the window, my lunch sack, my purse (open) and another bag with my laptop, planner, and notes in it (also open). You see where this is going, right? A gust of wind came in through the window and blew that *Mother down. Dirt in my purse, bag, and all over the floor. Let me tell you, that plant retained water. So I wasn’t just cleaning up dirt, I was cleaning up a muddy, dirty mess.
At least it wasn’t poop, right?
I just shook my head and said out loud, “I’m not going to let this ruin my day!”
At this point, I wish I could tell you that my day turned around, and everything was hunky-dory. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The rest of the day continued to be MEH. I stayed positive, but I was also positively exhausted. In the poker game of life, my hand today was a bust.
I am writing this at 10:10 pm. It feels like 3 am. I am exhausted, but I wanted to write how I was feeling at this exact moment. Tomorrow is another day, but I wanted to capture THIS day. Someone out there is feeling this “I need toothpicks to hold my eyes open” exhaustion. Somebody else had a shitty day. I’m with ya, Sister. Right here with ya. Shitty days are going to happen. We can let them defeat us, or we can dig in, clean up the mess, and carry on. Tomorrow is another day.
Stay positive, Friend!
What do you tell yourself to stay positive on bad days? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below!