The times that life has been really hard for me, were the times that I was thinking about how hard life can be. Any difficult task or dreaded situation has always been much harder to bear in my thoughts about it, rather than when I actually ended up doing it.
It reminds me of that quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
The struggle is in our thoughts. We have the power to make any situation good or bad, easy or grueling, all from how we think about it. It’s even better for us to not think about it. To follow the advice my Comedy of Manners professor would often give me, and “let the chips fall where they may.”
In other words, live life as it comes, rather than belabor it with analysis.