“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” (Groucho Marx). Can you imagine if it were as simple as that? If you had this much power and control over your life? The quote carries a lot of weight, given that it can be liberating yet frightening. Liberating because your happiness is not in other people’s hands or based on life’s curveballs. Frightening because you suddenly realize you had more power than you ever thought.
With the surprising turn of events last night, I woke up today feeling anxious, sad, and heartbroken. I underestimated how many people would brush aside Donald Trump’s misogynist, racist, bigoted, and greedy comments and behavior and STILL vote for him. As much as I was in a trance-like state of disbelief this morning, I still had to go to work and resume my daily activities. So, I gathered 10 ways to calm my nerves and anxiousness and not let the election results completely ruin my day. AND affect my outlook on life and my beliefs that there are good people in this world. So if you’re freaking out about the future of our country, read on to breath a little easier.