The Power is Yours

Life is, and always will be what you make of it. If there is one thing I can tell you is that it is not perfect, not for me, not for everyone you see on social media, and not for anybody. Challenges and difficulties arise all the time. Life is simply not always going to go the way we want it to.

I don’t say all of this to be a pessimist, or make you feel like life is not great, I say it to remind you that we ALL face our own challenges and struggles, but the perspective we take on them is entirely up to us. Of course, there are certain things in life that bring about pain like losing a loved one, getting your heart broken, losing things that are valuable to us, and many others, but we must make a choice to not dwell in the pain or the negative of situations. Simply put, I think that everything that happens to us in life can be categorized as one of two things: a blessing or a lesson. This allows us to gain control of our perspective, and not get caught up in the negative of what happens.

Early last year, I went to Colombia for work to shoot a music video. It was my first time there, and I remember I was so happy and excited. Right before we started shooting, my backpack was stolen from me. Inside of it I had my brand new laptop, passport, credits cards, nearly $500 cash, ID, driver’s license, cell phone charger, and everything I could possibly need. I couldn’t hold back my tears. I remember how hopeless I felt, it was a horrible feeling. In the moment it was hard to control my perspective, but I realized that I couldn’t dwell on the way I felt. Everything I lost were material things, and although their monetary value was high, they were things that could be replaced. I decided to shift my focus on the fact that I was ok, and I just had to use this as a lesson to be more cautious and aware. I know that I did not make the best choice to carry around my backpack with all of my documents, cards, and money, but I couldn’t continue to focus on that. I promised to never do that again moving forward, and just decided to make the most of my trip. It ended up being an amazing trip, which I enjoyed and learned a lot from. With time, I have been able to replace all of the material things that were stolen from me that day, but most importantly, I made memories that I will forever cherish, and learned lessons that will serve me a lifetime.

It really is as simple as the classic question of whether you see the glass half empty or half full. Which person are you?

I have learned to be a half full person. It is what makes sense to me because although we cannot always control our circumstances, we could control how we react to them. Always remember that YOU have the power to control your mind, your reactions, and your perspective. So use your power wisely.

 

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La vida es, y siempre será lo que nosotros queramos. Te puedo decir que no es perfecta, ni para mí, ni para las personas que vemos en las redes sociales, ni para nadie. Está llena de obstáculos y dificultades. La vida simplemente no siempre ira de la manera que nosotros planeemos.

No digo todo esto por ser pesimista, o hacerte sentir que la vida no es increíble, lo digo para recordarte que TODOS enfrentamos nuestros propios retos y dificultades, pero la perspectiva que tomemos está totalmente en nuestras manos. Claro que hay ciertas cosas en la vida que nos traen dolor como el perder a seres queridos, el que nos partan el corazón, perder cosas de valor, y muchas otras más, pero tenemos que tomar la decisión de no enfocarnos en el dolor ni en lo negativo de las situaciones. Pienso que todo lo que nos sucede puede ser catalogado en una de dos maneras: una bendición o una lección. Esto nos ayuda a obtener control de nuestra perspectiva, y no enfocarnos en lo negativo de los que nos sucede.

Al principio del año pasado, fui a Colombia por parte del trabajo para grabar un video musical. Era mi primera vez ahí y recuerdo que estaba tan contenta y emocionada. Justo antes de comenzar a grabar me robaron mi mochila. Dentro de ella tenía mi laptop nueva, pasaporte, tarjetas de crédito, casi $500 en efectivo, credencial, licencia de conducir, cargador de celular, y básicamente TODO lo que pudiera necesitar. No logre evitar mis lágrimas. Recuerdo lo mal que me sentía, fue horrible. En el momento fue muy difícil controlar mi perspectiva, pero me di cuenta que no me podía enfocar en lo que sentía. Todas las cosas que me robaron eran cosas materiales, y aunque su valor monetario era mucho, eran cosas que podía reemplazar. Decidí cambiar mi enfoque en el hecho que yo estaba bien, y simplemente tenía que usar esta experiencia como una lección para tener más cuidado con mis cosas. Yo sé que no tome la mejor decisión al andar por las calles de Colombia con todos mis documentos, tarjetas, y dinero, pero de nada me servía seguir lamentándome. Me prometí jamás volver a cometer el mismo error, y decidí disfrutar de mi viaje al máximo. Terminó siendo un viaje increíble, del cual aprendí bastante y disfruté mucho. Con el tiempo, he podido reemplazar todas las cosas materiales que me robaron, pero más que nada, tengo recuerdos y lecciones que siempre llevare conmigo.

En realidad, si es tan fácil como la pregunta clásica de si ves el vaso medio vacío o medio lleno. ¿Qué tipo de persona eres tú?

Yo eh aprendido a ser de las personas que ven el vaso medio lleno. Es lo que tiene las más lógica para mí porque, aunque no siempre podemos control nuestras circunstancias, si podemos controlar como reaccionamos hacia ellas. Siempre recuerda que TU tienes el poder de controlar tu mente, tus reacciones, y tu perspectiva. Así que usa tu poder inteligentemente.

 

 

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