Wouldn’t it be great if there were signs to show you if you’re doing well in life?
Often we compare our life to how others are living, but this is a sure-fire way to convince yourself that you’re not doing so great.
Luckily here are some signs that prove you’re doing much better in life than you thought:
1. You’ve been through hard times, but you stay positive
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”
We can all relate to going through hard times, but if you can move on and smile anyway, you’re on the right track! Besides, suffering makes the good times shine brighter. Also, you can use your past troubles to build up your resilience.
So, don’t waste your days on bitter resentments or petty issues. Solve and prevent them, so you don’t have to deal with that again. Then you can be proud because you’ve conquered something that could have caused long-lasting pain. And that’s quite spectacular!
2. Signs like being comfortable while being alone
“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” —Henry David Thoreau
WARNING: Things are about to get graphic.
I wasn’t always okay with being alone.
But, then I almost died in 2011 from an appendectomy that ruptured my appendix and infected my organs. Appendicitis is pure agony, but the pain would only get worse.
Things went downhill fast; I stayed in the ICU for a month on a liquid diet. No food and constant excruciating pain. Not fun.
Furthermore, I had to get a drain which they stabbed through my lower back into the abscess.
Eventually, the infection spread to my blood, and I became septic. My nurses told me my organs were shutting down.
I was dying, but I held on despite the horrendous pain. Like the Phoenix, this was just one of those times where I burst into flames.
In other words, this wasn’t my only near-death experience but more on that another time.
Death can sneak in when you least expect it.
At one point, five nurses woke me up, screaming, “SHERYL! WAKE UP! BREATHE! SHERYL!” I thought I was about to take a blissful nap.
Apparently, it was too blissful! Because I either flat-lined or stopped breathing to set the monitors off.
Either way, I survived and I’m quite healthy now.
However, I was alone for a month, aside from visitors and nurses checking on me. It felt like I was in prison and was so desperate to escape, but they refused to let me leave the hospital.
I contemplated jumping out the window onto the roof and down a ladder. Who was I kidding? I hadn’t eaten for weeks, and I withered away to 93 lbs! My legs had atrophied from lying in bed for a month, and I could hardly walk.
I realized I just needed to learn how to be cool with myself, or I’d never be happy. Now, I’m one of my favorite people. I love being me, I enjoy being alone, and I no longer run from myself. Until death do we part!
If you can enjoy being alone, you’re doing great in life!
3. You have running water
“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”
You might not think working plumbing is that great, but there was a time I didn’t have it. It was horrible! Last year my husband and I bought a small 1967 Shasta camper to stay in while we house hunted in the Rockies.
It turns out the water tank cracked, but that wasn’t a big deal since we were only using it for a few weeks till we bought a house. But, it took an astounding 275 of the longest days ever until we found our current home!
We were on a mission we wouldn’t settle for a town or house that we wouldn’t enjoy.
So, we got 5-gallon tanks and filled them up at Wal-mart, then poured those into smaller bottles later. Often the tanks would freeze, rendering us thirsty until it thawed.
Water became so precious that it’d was almost criminal to waste it, especially since we were in a desert. That’s why I made a diluted Apple Cider Vinegar spray to wash dishes and save water.
My husband and I would talk about how great it’d be to have running water again, something we took for granted our whole lives. That situation was a massive struggle, but now I’m endlessly grateful for the luxuries of modern life.
So, if you have running water, you’re doing well.
4. You have a bed
“Sleep is the best meditation.”
Also, regarding the RV, it had a horrific mattress. It didn’t even lay flat; it dipped down in the middle. I’m a side-sleeper, so if you can imagine sleeping that way, it was not fun.
Sometimes it was 24 degrees below zero outside. Although we had a decent heater, there were drafts in places.
I’m much more grateful for our king-size bed now. So, you’re on the right track if you have a flat, warm place to sleep.
5. You’re overwhelmed with gratitude
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
Being thankful for what you have will make every day better. You’ll notice the positive side of every situation.
Besides, no one will force you to notice the sunset amidst a horrible time in your life. You must realize how lucky you are and find joy in the little things despite the chaos.
If you find it challenging to be thankful for what you have, then imagine if you were to lose everything. Think about not having your family or friends. I know it’s a horrible thought, but it should put into perspective how great your life is and that you’re on the right path.
6. You accept what you can’t control
“Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it.”
One of the worst things you can do is not accepting what you can’t change. Specifically, anything in your past or what other people do. Save your mental well-being.
It might be difficult, but it’s best to accept that it happened and to let it go. Torturing yourself forever won’t help.
7. You have a goal
“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” —Lou Holtz
Humans are happiest when they’re working towards their goals. Anyone can create an objective to shoot for, and they can write an action plan to reach it. When you’re working towards your target, it spices up each day with purpose and fulfillment.
Impress yourself with your progress, and you’ll know you’re on the right track.
8. You can accept others for being different
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
You’re a mature, well-adjusted adult if you can accept that other people are different from you. It’s a good thing we aren’t all the same! In fact, if you look and act the same way your friends do, something’s wrong.
You’re way too incredible to fade into the crowd. Embrace your unique personality and be different! Furthermore, you’re even cooler if you don’t care what people think about it.
In short, the above signs mean that you’re doing well in life. If you don’t have these signs, now is the perfect time to start striving toward them. You’ve got this!
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