No matter how you feel, it’s what you do that matters.

That, my friends, is a very important lesson.

It doesn’t matter how sad, or angry, or tired you are. The world will continue to move forward and you, bound by the laws of physics, will be forced to go along with it. You can’t call a time out on life. You can’t sit out for a day or two.

So you have two options.

1. You can live your life as a sad, or angry, or tired person would.

2. You can live your life exactly as you would if you weren’t sad, or angry, or tired.

See, here’s the thing: You can be in the worst mood ever, but if you don’t let it affect your behaviour, it doesn’t matter.

Let’s say you’re feeling really sad. Let’s say it’s just one of those days where you don’t feel like getting out of bed. But then let’s say you do get out of bed. And let’s say you do go to class. And let’s say you do make good progress on that essay. And let’s say you do go out with your friends that evening.

Does it matter that you were feeling crappy?

Emotions are temporary. After a day or two you’ll feel better. And then what?

Either you’ll look back and realise that you missed out on some opportunities over the past few days, or you’ll look back and realise that your mood had absolutely no bearing on anything whatsoever.

If the latter is the case, it’s as if you were never down at all.

All of this seems very obvious, but when emotions run high it’s a very easy lesson to forget, and I’m as guilty as anyone.

No matter how you feel, it’s what you do that matters.

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