The other day, I was with some friends and we caught glance of a little occurrence by these strangers and for some reason found them SO funny. It was so funny to us that we just couldn't stop laughing, even as we were trying to explain what we saw. When we finally caught our breath, the explanation of what we saw sounds ridiculous because it seems like a completely normal situation that wouldn't be funny at all.

My friend saw a guy that waved hi to someone and dropped his cup and I saw someone eating pizza in an odd way and both times we couldn't stop laughing. Even though it seemed silly, having that moment made us feel happy. My friend said something along the lines of "you have to appreciate the little things" as an explanation for our intense laughter over normal things.

And that's true. You have to appreciate the little things.

So I want to take a moment to reflect on the little victories that I had this week. Whenever these tiny victories occur, I always want to share them with people because I'm so excited. Sometimes I share them with friends and family and other times I don't. Why don't I share them? Because I sometimes feel that they're so small that they're not so significant. But that's wrong. They are.

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So right now I'm going to share all those little victories with you to appreciate the little things.

One. I finally understood the concepts from class!

While this seems pretty simple since you should always understand the concepts from class (thus the point of education), there's one class in particular that I had a lot of trouble following. Everything felt so abstract and like a whole different language and somehow everyone else understood it but I didn't. I left class that day feeling so lost. At my discussion, I felt like I understood it a bit more, but I still didn't feel that great about it. However, when I went home and revisited the concepts, I finally understood it. I was able to do the practice problems without any help and I felt like I was really beginning to understand it. Understanding it made me feel so smart, even though I definitely understood it later than other people did, and made me feel better about the class, thus the little victory.

Two. I did well on a test!

While it wasn't some big midterm that was worth 25% of my grade, I did much better on a test than expected. It was a good reminder to me that yes, I am capable of doing well academically. When we get bad grades, we often spiral, thinking that these grades define us, but we never give ourselves enough credit when we do well.

Three. I went to brunch with new friends and had a good time!

You know how sometimes you meet people and you say "we should meet up again sometime!" and never do? Well I actually met up with these people! We went to brunch at a Thai place and got to try lots of different and less traditional brunch foods. At the end of the day, I found myself feeling really happy and thinking "I had a great day", which is always a plus. Moral of the story: don't be afraid to reach out to people and ask them to meet up - it can be lots of fun and it's more likely than not that they're interested in meeting up again.

Four. I worked out!

I always struggle with getting myself to exercise and for me any form of working out is a success. I've been trying to get myself to do some kind of exercise (at any intensity) per week and last week I may or may not have skipped a workout. This week, I went to a pilates class and got my workout in for the week. It may not seem like a lot (because it isn't) but we're making progress and it's better than not at all. To me, this is a victory.


What are some little victories that you had this week?

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