(evidence of my love for having a plan)
this weekend, caitlin was supposed to come for a visit. we were going to have a glorious weekend of lounging, burger eating, long running and wearing matching pants together. it was going to be the blend meet up of the century. i was so excited. and then weather happened. caitlin texted me that snow was supposed to hit her little corner of the universe and also pretty much every other spot along her travel path. my first reaction was to be super mad at the snow. we talked about ways we could change the plans to make them work but realized that ultimately it's a safer decision for her to stay in PA for the weekend and we'll just have to make new plans for another meet up (which we already have started!).
(best part about virtual dates is you don't have to share your fries)
this was upsetting for TONS of reasons, but i realized looking back on how i handled it that my first reaction was to be upset but then i immediately started thinking of the positives: caitlin would be safe (obvi a bonus), i didn't have to clean my bathroom (ummm yeah...that's a positive for me), we could still text and instagram our way through the weekend together (virtual burger date on saturday night - anyone else in?) and now we could have another visit to look forward to!
this may seem like not a big deal to most of you guys, but for me my usual disposition is to be extremely negative about a situation. tex is always calling me out for being a huge pessimist because he is always trying to be optimistic. i think it's a method of self-preservation for me: if i assume the worst, then i can't be disappointed. amazingly this is a completely ineffective technique but that doesn't make a difference in my mind, i'd still keep right on being negative rather than looking at the bright side.
so i'm still really bummed caitlin isn't coming, but i'm also very proud of myself for looking at the brighter sides of the situation. i am going to try to get some work done for school that i probably would have skipped otherwise, i'm going to fit in an unexpected run with my friends jess and rach, and i'm going to try my best not to wallow in having to change my plans. every cloud has a silver lining and i think i'm finally starting to see things that way.
how are you at finding the positives in bad situations?