I have to do my taxes today. This feels scary, overwhelming, and annoying at the very least.

I get to do my taxes today. This reminds me that I was fortunate enough to have income last year. This simple sentence implies that I have access to resources. It also implies that a lot of other basic needs must have been met already. I have a roof over my head. I know I’ll eat today. I have running water today. I intuit all of this, because I am not worried about those things. I take for granted that all of those things are available to me, because today, I get to do my taxes.

Thinking that I have to do my taxes, makes me want to stay in bed and hide under the covers.

Thinking that I get to do my taxes today, makes me realize that I was blessed with another day to wake up to.

I’m going to be honest here. I woke up thinking the first sentence. But I switched that word have to get, and instantly felt my mood switch as well.

Your whole outlook on life can change with just swapping out those two words. Your life really can get better by simply reframing how you describe it.

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