Life Doesn’t Suck.

Via on Jan 16, 2012

In case you forgot:

(Photo: Candace Smith)

Your life is awesome!

It’s easy to get caught up in the Monday flow of pour the coffee, take your shower, blah blah blah. It’s easy to slip into a mindless day. It’s easier still to start the week off full of complaints about everything you think should be different.

Guess what? Everything is going to be okay. All that stuff you’re worried about? It will work out. You’ll figure out what to do. It might go differently than you expected, but for better or worse–it’s all temporary.

So in the meanwhile, don’t forget that your day is going better than the majority of the other folks on the planet, and that we live in an amazingly wonderful world.

About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on Amazon.com You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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28 Responses to “Life Doesn’t Suck.”

  1. Andrea Balt Andréa Balt says:

    Thanks Kate! Bad monday meets good spirits.

  2. Bruce Torrance says:

    I kinda needed that, thank you :)

  3. Thomas Shoen says:

    Love this article! We should all be appreciative of what we have – regardless of how little we have. Namaste…

  4. Logic would dictate says:

    I think it's interesting that with these statistics that anyone would consider "being alive" as a lucky place to be. Seems clear to me that the 1 million that will die this week are a bit more on the "lucky" side than most of the rest of us… Lucky to be in the most comfortable 25%, yes. Lucky to be alive, not necessarily.

    Just very strange that living is equated with luck when the statistics clearly show how the majority share the fate of suffering. Seems backwards and incongruous.

    • Hmmm…I guess I'm just a glass half-full kind of girl. Since I'm not suffering in any life threatening way, I want to appreciate that and do what I can to help those who are.

  5. Cassie says:

    Superb! ♥♥♥

  6. Start a trend: KUTA Mondays (kick up the ass) :)))

    • Yay! Definitely! Actually, the way my week is structured…Monday is sort of like my "Sunday" and Tuesday is Monday…so yeah, you were right when you said it before…I am in some other dimension!

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  8. Alanna says:

    Dear Kate Bartolotta,
    I love your posts. I read them all the time. They make me happy. Thanks!
    Alanna Whittington

  9. Anne-Li says:

    Good to be reminded, so easy to forget… I´m lucky cos I´m blessed with so many gifts!

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  12. vanessa says:

    So 'Logic would dictate' there is a simple remedy for your terrible suffering. Just sayin'. Of course life in general is a mediocre experience at best for most of us. But to disparage those who try to be less than miserable is cynicism of the highest order. As a rationalist and chronic depressive myself, I see where you are coming from, but it is something everyone has the power to choose. Live in the dark of grim struggle or find a way to bring light into your own and others lives.

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  16. Alissa says:

    I love Elephant Journal, but this infographic was a fail (for me at least) in my morning coffee scan of favorite blogs. Where did you get the numbers? Maybe I'm backward in how I read this, but these stats all illustrate (in how they're presented) that life, in fact, DOES suck for most people, elsewhere in the world. And this is ostensibly a call to feel grateful, and I've always thought it's bad form to look at others struggling as a relative point to compare one's own (great) fortune. As icing on the top, these stats are totally invalidated and have no citations. (First rule of infographics to to cite your data.) Luckily at least two of these "stats" don't match current United Nation validated numbers (like worldwide illiteracy–as of 1998 it was only 16% of the ~7 billion global pop, e.g. waaaay lower than this inforgraphic would claim.) I expect more from you, Elephant Journal.

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  18. krystina says:

    Normally, I enjoy reading Elephant Journal articles. They are usually quite interesting and very well written. Which is why it was no surprise that I was shocked by the insensitivity that was so fiercely themed throughout this article.

    Firstly, I get that the underlying point or message of the article is to emphasize gratitude, which I can fully support. I get that the writer is trying to highlight that good things are there if we just open our eyes and not just dwell on the negative. Instead of just endorsing these positive suggestions, the writer is taking a harsh approach to make the reader feel like a shameful bad person because of their superficial problems.

    This article, at least the impression i experienced from reading it was that it was trying to guilt me that my problems aren’t as challenging as people who are starving to death in poverty or someone suffering from a terminal illness. What might not seem like a big problem to one person can be feel like the end of the world to another. This insensitive downplay inadvertently adds to the shame and such expressions just fed into the negative validation of the person’s beliefs- that they are flawed or that the way they think is broken. There are people that “have it worse” so their emotions are wrong.

    Self acceptance is the soul key to happiness and inner peace. Articles like this are causing more harm than good by segregating us from eachother and ourselves. Separation

    Creates suffering.

  19. Eric says:

    LWD~ what's backward and incongruous is our perception of happiness as something to GET, not something to BE. I believe the point of the article is, there is always someone worse off than you, and, whatever your lot at the moment, it will surely change. so, seeing as we ARE alive (for the time being), we have a choice in whether to feel sorry for ourselves or take the larger view–perhaps even help those less fortunate than ourselves.

    there is another statistic: a majority of people who live in poverty are actually happier than those of us who live in materially wealthy nations.
    ::blessings::

  20. Love this – thanks for commenting!

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