A couple winters ago, Maura and I were out doing a photoshoot. It was the windiest day of the year, and I had a bunch of balloon shots planned. Not only was that one of the hardest sets we’ve ever done, but all day it just seemed like nothing was going our way. One thing after another.
By the time we got back to the house, there were a handful of shots left, which included one with a rainbow kite that was apparently impossible to put together. We were so done. How was it that on the windiest day of the year this picture was pretty much what was happening with the kite? What happened to the wind that earlier tried to lift me off my feet and blew my wig across the parking lot? Ughhhhhh. I think about that day as the Rainbow Kite Kinda Day. The trying your best but everything seems to just keep getting worse kinda day.
I had one of those days today. Slowly but surely, I was pecked down into an overall feeling of frustration and generally just being annoyed at whatever happened. Didn’t matter what I ate, what I did, what I listened to, what was said to me… I couldn’t shake it. Feeling good has been and continues to be a high priority for me and my advice for you. But guess what? You and I will continue to have days like this. It’s OKAY. You’re allowed to have a bad day. You don’t have to LIVE in The Vortex. Ideal? Maybe. But isn’t everything appreciated a bit more once you miss it for at least a hot second?
I share this with you so you know that not only is it okay for you to have these kind of days, but I have them as well, and sometimes there’s nothing on any of my 50 Ways To…blah blah blah lists that is going to fix things. Sometimes you have to ride it out a little, keep your head above water, practice self-care in a different way than usual, go to bed & try again tomorrow after a hard reset. I don’t have all the answers. No one in the Personal Development section of Barnes & Noble has all the answers. We have suggestions of things that have worked in the past and yeah, most of the time they’re going to bring you up and out (at least a bit). But sometimes no amount of preparation, skill level, or self-care practice can “fix” a bad day.
Photo: Maura Housley