Life is Too Damn Short

Life is short, guys. We’re all aware of that, right?

Life’s too short to be miserable. 

I always rebelled against that sentiment, thinking, “I am allowed to feel the way I feel. Don’t try to change me.” And “When I’m depressed, I can’t change how I feel.” And “I’d rather feel the whole range of human emotions, thanks.”

I still think those things. I will still get pissed if someone tries to tell me that how I am feeling isn’t legitimate. It still feels like I can’t change my depression (though I am slowly learning ways that I can). And I do want to feel the whole dizzy array of human emotions.

But that’s not really what the phrase means to me anymore.

See, I had an epiphany the other day.

It wasn’t a flash of lightning, an “I saw God” kind of moment. It was a quiet epiphany as I was walking to work, completely exhausted by the misery I had been living in for the last few months. And all of a sudden, I realized that life is too short to let things bring me down.

I know, I know. People know this already. know this already. But that day, I really felt it, like in my gut felt it.

I have all the power here. 

I can either let the situation get to me, I can rage and whine and mope, or I can smile and be grateful as I continue to chip away at the things that aren’t quite right. I think I always believed that I had to just accept how things were, that the minute I started trying to change things, I wasn’t being grateful or something. Am I the only one?

I’ve been so concerned with arriving at happiness that I’ve sacrificed the happiness I could be having right now. Arriving at a particular destination – a certain amount of money, a certain job, a specific milestone of any kind – doesn’t have to be the point when I allow myself to be happy.

That can be right now.

Yes, there are still going to be difficult times, and I am still going to have my feelings hurt, and get mad, and be sad, and all that less than fun stuff. But I choose to be happy right now, to tap into the happiness I carry around with me every day and have spent so long refusing to acknowledge. Those negative human emotions that are a part of all our existence just make the ability to be happy that much sweeter.

Life’s too short to be miserable, you know? So here’s some Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon dancing, just to put a smile on your face. :)



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Jessica can most often be found with her nose in a book, or writing her newest short story/screenplay/novel, but she also has a passion for travel, child-care & development, psychology, feminism (and other forms of equality), and making the world a better place in general. Email Me