I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.
No matter what I did, I was annoyed and angry and tired, and I got up out of a warm bed with a chip on my shoulder.
But there’s one key thing you should remember: it doesn’t matter how you start your day, it only matters how you finish it.
So, anyway you take it, you don’t have to stay with a bad day. You can choose to change your day and your attitude. Just like that.
So, if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, or you’re on the wrong side of the fence, or if you just feel wrong, then don’t worry.
It won’t last.
There’s a lot to fear in this world of ours. COVID-19 being the latest. But there’s one unified piece of message that you should be listening to from doctors and the CDC and it’s also what Taylor Swift had the foresight to say before I could say it:
You need to calm down.
And you know, wash your hands. But Taylor Swift hasn’t sung about that yet.
Now, I know it’s scary. Especially because it’s spreading so fast and there’s no working vaccine. But we all need to, as humanity, agree that fear isn’t helping anything. A little fear is okay. That’s enough to get you to wash your hands for the full 20 seconds. But this all-encompassing, buying hand sanitizer until it’s gone, fear is just stirring the pot.
And believe me, I know what you’re thinking: But you’re Bailey Dailey! You’re supposed to look on the bright side of everything! or Stay in your lane, blogger.
And I get that. But if you’re reading this, then a small part of you wants to escape from the scary outside world of ours and you can definitely do that, if only you take a deep breath and calm down.
It’s only natural to worry about loved ones and our global citizens during this trying time. But working yourself up will only compromise your immune system.
So, if you can’t do it for me, then do it for T Swift.
Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and I can’t say I did much.
But I think the point is that women, as a collective, do so much to prove themselves that it’s alright that we take one day out of the year to do nothing. There’s all these seminars about bettering yourself and book talks about how you can be the perfect wife or girlfriend or best friend and there’s not much telling women to just be themselves.
So, today, in honor of International Women’s Day, I want to tell all women, yes all women, whether you identify as a woman, or not, that you are a woman and that’s enough. Strong, brave, clever, passionate. You are all these things because you are a woman. It comes with the territory.
Because that’s how you should define women. Not what’s between their legs. But the strength of what beats in their chest.
So, if that’s you, then celebrate IWD with everything you got. You’re woman. And you should be proud.
Like most of us, I have a routine when I come home from work. I get the mail, open any packages, eat dinner, and then I work on whatever the day demands, most likely this blog.
But I invariably eat before I’ve started anything else. And the reason is simple: I’m hungry. Or so I thought.
Say what you will about thinking on an empty stomach, but the real reason is because when I’m eating, it’s something I do for myself. No one else around me needs to benefit from my eating — it’s the only time of day that I can take time out for myself. I usually don’t do anything else while I eat, and I focus on the food coming into my body and nourishing me.
And so, whatever your routine may be, make sure you take some time for yourself. Whether you’re eating or watching tv or reading a book. Make sure you make time for yourself. Because no one should be able to take that away from you.
So, I’ve been doing everything to make this one wish come true.
I’ve been waiting up until 11:11, I’ve been throwing pennies into a fountain, and I have been wishing on fallen eyelashes. As one does.
And so I can either blame the universe, blame God, blame the government.
Or, I can take ownership for my own actions and understand that only I have the power to change my future.
Yes, that’s better.
And so if you’re wondering why your wishes are falling on deaf ears, remember only you have the power to change your life. So, take action. And watch your wishes come true! Or not! I’m not a genie!
As I was commuting to work on Friday, you know, taking my car to the train to the bus that gets me to work, I realized we’re always on our way somewhere.
We’re always on our way to finishing a movie or a book. Me personally, I’m always on my way to growing out my hair or losing weight. And everyone, everywhere, is on a road to a better them. Or just on a road, driving.
But I’m asking, why can’t we ever just be here? You have arrived at your destination. Why can’t we accept ourselves in the present tense?
So, I am asking you to forget all about your to-do list and your destinations. Consider the journey. And know that wherever you’re going, you’ll get there in time. As soon as you enjoy the ride.