Allow me a rant will you?
I like to think of myself as a genuinely optimistic and cheerful person. I look on the bright side of things, despite the occasional cruddy day at work I take great pride and joy in my job (even though it's just as a cashier) and I try to keep a positive outlook on my life and the world around me.
But lately I've been finding it harder and harder to stay positive when I seem to be surrounded by all these negative people! Just about everyone at my work hates their job and complain about it and the people they work with and the customers they have to deal with and when I mention liking the job and wanting to stay past summer (since it's just a summer job) they stare at me like I'm crazy. Then I come home and I get to hear my mom talk about how the country's going down the toilet (which it is but just complaining about it isn't going to solve anything) and she keeps telling me that I just need to get out of the country since I'm still young and can do that because it's just not worth it here anymore.
With all these negative thoughts around me, I'm just finding it harder and harder to keep myself feeling positive. I don't want to say I'm ignoring problems around me but I just feel that if I keep a positive outlook, I dunno, it just makes me feel like I can keep going. Being depressed and angry and constantly complaining or just plain giving up and just saying "Fuck it!" really won't solve anything. Yet sadly that seems to be the attitude of the people around me. Okay yeah, life can suck sometimes but if you let that get to you you'll never get out of the hole of depression. You need to say to yourself "Yeah, today was kinda a crappy day and everything just went wrong... but I got through it. When I thought that day would never end, it did and I'm still fine. And looking back on it, it really wasn't that bad and I can learn from the mistakes I made so they won't happen again. I guess it was a good day after all." I try to look for the good things that happen because of the bad and I really think more people should too. I think then we'd all be just a little bit happier.