I think this might be the #1 question I am asked on my tumblr.
I answer it differently every time because it changes!
I have faced so many hardships and setbacks in my life so I think this question is totally relevant.
To be honest, I never remain positive and optimistic.
I do redirect my thoughts any time they become negative or pessimistic.
So maintain, but not quite remain.
Boiling water gets cold if you turn off the heat so you have to keep applying heat, ya know?
Well maybe not haha. Let me explain.
Last week I spilled my chai tea in my lap (it was thankfully soaked up by my quilted jacket) on my way to class.
As I turned around to go change, my mind was like “fml. this sucks. today is going to be a bad day.”
Then I consciously shifted my thoughts to
"well this is unexpected, but it is a sign I need to slow down baby love."
As I drove back, I turned up my favorite song, switched to my favorite hoodie, stopped for a starbucks drink, said a prayer, and began thinking of things that are great in my life!
I was able to navigate that stressor and my day turned out great (because I strived for it to be that way).
So, it’s a process.
The greatness of life (past, present, and future) outweigh any hardships I face.