Let's face it, I haven't always been the most positive person in the world. In fact, I used to be downright negative. I suffered from depression, anxiety, and an overall sense of "who gives a f*@k". Now, at almost 30 years old, I've begun to really change that attitude. Why? Because it is an attitude. I used to buy into the pharmaceutical companies pusher idea of depression medicines, but then I began to learn about energy, positive reinforcement, affirmations, yoga, meditation, and I became a full time vegetarian. What does all of this have to do with one another? It helped me get to the point where I kicked the meds and started living my life. Is it easy? NO. Is it rewarding? YES. Will it work for you? That's up to you. I can't say that anything is a fix all, but now I realize that 99% of my depression was my outlook. I'm not going to go into all the specifics, but to simplify it, you are energy. We are all energy, thoughts are energy, and we have no idea how powerful we really are. We can direct our thoughts towards positive thinking or take the easy route and wallow in self-pity. And yes, self-pity is always the easy route, but it's the bypass to life.
Now, I'm definitely not saying this is easy, and I can't give you a magic recipe for happiness, but I can tell you what I've been doing and hope you implement it into your own life.
The most important thing to remember is it is all up to you. Like I said, it's not easy. It's taken me a very very long time to get to this point, but day-by-day I've begun to really transform my thinking. At first, I "thought" it was all bullshit, but the more I kept redirecting my thoughts, the more I saw and continue to see the proof. I still have off days, I still struggle, that's being human, but the majority of my time I'm really trying my best to kick my inner critic's ass.
One of my steps in doing that has been to create some Start With Positive memes. I don't spend a lot of time on them. I compile general positive sayings, I pick a background, I pick a color, I pick a font, and I make that puppy! I've been sharing them on my Instagram, on my Facebook page, and on Modern Southerner's Facebook page.
My goal is that in creating and using these positive affirmations every day I'm helping to better myself and inspire others to better themselves. It all starts with self, and you are your biggest investment in life. You are important, you have a lot to contribute even if you haven't figure out what that is yet. We all have worth!
Below are the ones I've created and posted this week, please feel free to share these! That's the point, share the positivity and Start With Positive!