Imagine you’re driving down a dirt road. It’s bumpy and there are lots of dips, then a random pothole and there are tons of little rocks hitting the belly of your car. Then a bird craps on your windshield! You try the wipers but alas they’re out of water. Now, not only are you driving while squinting through a smeared turd, it’s getting worse because now it’s collecting dirt. Imagine it! Tough to steer, right? And it’s tough to see through such grossness. This is one way to think of your state when you’re viewing the world from an emotionally compromised place.
When you’re stressed out, tired, anxious, haven’t eaten enough, “hormonal,” or even when you’re just feeling depressed: you’re looking at life through a dirty windshield. You can’t steer properly, so pull over before you hit someone. The hard part of this windshield, of course, is that it’s inside your head and therefore you’re less likely to notice when it’s dirty.
The next time you’re feeling a little internally out of whack or chaotic, or you catch yourself about to cry or yell about something that doesn’t quite warrant it, check-in with yourself. Did I eat? Have I been under a lot of stress today? Is it my lady time? Asking yourself these questions usually lead you to a logical factor.
If you are any of those things kinds of things, take the necessary steps toward getting back to a “clean windshield.” Whether it’s eating a sandwich, jumping on the treadmill, going to happy hour with a friend to vent, or simply “not deciding to yell at your boyfriend until you’ve cooled down,” you will be much better able to deal with your situation the way You would really want to, as your rational, clear-headed self.
It’s tough when you’re in the moment but when you feel yourself just thinking or acting “off,” stop and think, “Do I have a dirty windshield?” Life gets a whole lot easier when you can see where you want to go.
Happy Sunday friends! And apologies for missing last week’s post. I was under the weather but I’m back again. xo Sarah
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