Get over it

This quote from Will Bowen stopped me from scrolling and immediately made me want to share: "You're eventually going to get over what's bugging you, right? Why not get over it now and enjoy the rest of the day?"

Powerful, right? What seems like such a huge deal first thing in the morning has often dissipated by lunchtime. Why not let it dissipate sooner and save yourself a whole lot of frustration?

Here's an example. Last year I attended the World War II Weekend with my husband. I lathered on the sunscreen several times and even wore a big dorky hat to protect myself since there wasn't much shade to be found.

Yet as we stopped in a store quickly on our way to dinner that evening, he said, "Um.... you might want to check a mirror." I had the strangest sunburn I had ever experienced! In spite of what I could have sworn was even application of sunscreen, I had streaks on my face, arms, and chest. What the heck? I was mortified. No one else seemed to be staring at me, but I obsessed over it throughout dinner and for the rest of the weekend. It seemed to be all I could think about.

The air show recently came up during a dinner conversation. My friend turned to me and asked, "Isn't that when you got the really weird sunburn?" Really? I spent the whole day with my husband exploring one of his passions, and the most memorable part of the story was the sunburn? Get over it, Christin.

If I could do it again, when I saw the sunburn I'd say, "Well that's a bummer and quite embarrassing. But there's nothing I can do about it now. It'll be gone in a few days. No use giving it any more of my energy."

On a recent podcast episode Jay Shetty suggested considering what type of a problem you're facing. Is it a 5 day problem? Or will it still be a problem in 5 weeks? 5 months? 5 years? My sunburn problem was more of a 2-day problem, yet I let it take up way more head space than it deserved.

You're going to eventually get over it, right? Why not get over it now?

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