To my dear (old) blog readers,
I’m back! Sorry I haven’t been blogging for the past month or so. I stopped blogging weekly about half a year ago but I have decided to continue once again! (Let’s hope I can last for awhile).
Anyhow, one of the questions I get asked most often is: “Grace, how do you stay so positive all the time despite everything you’re going through?”
Some of you may or may not know that I have an autoimmune disorder that affects me on a normal basis. Some days are extremely difficult for me because I’m in constant pain. Despite this, generally, I’m quite content with my life. Here is why:
1. I do things I enjoy.
This may seem very simple, but it makes a huge difference. When I’m feeling ok, I do things that make me happy. For instance, I love singing. I would go karaoke with my friends, sing to Youtube videos, and sometimes, I even go on discord to sing on random servers and gather audiences from all over the world. 😛
I also read books that motivate or enlighten me. I believe words are very powerful and many people underestimate what words can do. Whenever I am inspired, I actually take notes and eventually plan to write a post on it to share with my readers. I like empowering people.
2. I have goals and a purpose.
There’s a reason for everything I do. I know what I want, and I know what I need to do in order to achieve my goals. Basically, I want to improve people’s lives. I genuinely believe my blog can either motivate, broaden your views, and/or give you some tips.
If you read my translations, I believe I am sharing a good story with you guys. People read my translations because they can’t or prefer not to read Chinese. This means my actions are improving their lives because now they can enjoy the story as well.
I also genuinely believe that I’m protecting my clients with insurance. For example: A 500k 30 years term insurance for a 29 years old male (non smoker) is currently around $40 a month.
Yes, I might be making you pay $1.33 something daily for 30 years (If you divide $40 by 30 days), BUT knowing the fact that if something were to happen to you before you were 59, your beneficiaries will get 500k non taxable is worth it. I want to protect your family. I strongly believe you will be in a better position if you listen to me.
Therefore, I have a strong why. I am not doing something just for the sake of it. I have a purpose.
3. I try to be grateful for what I have.
Living in our generation, we are blessed with the internet. We can connect with people from all over the world simply by clicking a few buttons. This was not an option in our parents’ generation. In fact, when I was in High School, flip phones were already an amazing technology (A phone that can take pictures! Woah!!)
I follow a lot of bloggers and sometimes, the things they write about actually touch me a lot. For instance, there is a blogger that is currently in jail. He killed someone back in 1994 and is sentenced for 43 years. He remorsefully regrets his actions and has improved himself tremendously since then. One time, he ended his post with, “Enjoy your freedom.”
I never thought having freedom was a big deal because I have never been or imagined myself to be confined in a cell. Life must suck so much in jail. How would you even stay sane if you knew you had to be there for 43 years?? Oh my goodness. By the time he will be released, he will be 63. Perhaps he might be able to live another 2 decades or so, but each and every single day will mean much more to him than it does to us. Lesson: Cherish what you have!
In addition, there are billions of people suffering from all over the world due to war, diseases, political unrest, and etc. I read that some people are selling their hair in Venezuela in order to exchange for some food tokens.That’s just sad.
Some people are living in constant fear and they have nowhere to go and no one to trust. There are some people born without arms and legs. Some do not have the ability to speak, hear, and/or see. There are so many people who are suffering so much more than us. We should be grateful for what we have instead of complaining about how our life sucks.
So how could you stay positive? Do things you enjoy. Have a purpose. And be grateful!!!
This was a rather long post. I hope you read until the end. If you did, thank you!