A Bad Day — Not a Bad Life

If you’re having a bad day, it’s easy to think that your life sucks.

That you are unlucky… punished by the universe or some powerful being (you must repent!).

Nobody wants a bad day. Everybody wants a good day.

But how can you say it’s a good day if you don’t know what a bad day is in the first place?

And how can you appreciate a good day if you haven’t experienced a bad one?

(Remember The Story of the Chinese Farmer?)

All these self-improvement practices and how-to-live-a-good-life principles aren’t meant to eliminate bad days.

If anything, they prepare us for the worst and hopefully minimize their effect.

But no. We can’t completely avoid them.

No matter how organized and proactive you are, there are things beyond your control. 

And there’s nothing you can do other than accept and move forward.

Bad days serve as a lesson that life is not perfect — it’ll never be. Because if everything is perfect, good, and predictable… what’s the point of living?

Some days will be good. Some will be bad. Both days play a role. Learn to use them well.

(PS: If you happen to read this while having a bad day, listen to some feel-good music like this. It won’t change what happened. But maybe it will make you feel a little bit better. You’ll see.)