Two Negatives Make A Positive…But Only In Math

I used to be a very negative person. I’ve blogged about my pessimism before. And in some ways I still am pretty negative. And it’s time to change that.

I always embraced my negativity and called it just me being opinionated and bitchy, and hey, what’s wrong with being a little bitchy? But in the recent years, I’ve become more aware of myself, my surroundings and realized the negative effects that negativity brings.

There are just some people that I don’t like to be around. And it’s because they have this dark cloud of negative energy surrounding them…and I don’t want to be someone like that anymore. I’m a big believer in energy and its effects on our health–both mental and physical. My acupuncturist talks a lot about energy and even the psychic I went to see for fun at the fair last year said I have a ton of negative energy. So, I decided to do something about it.

One main catalyst of this shift is when I started writing for SLR Lounge. I’ve been a part of the photography community for five years now, and I know how critical, bashing and negative the industry can be. For the most part, I’ve tried to stay away from it (unless directly attacked)¬†and take the high road. (Not trying to pat myself on the back but I just have had too much drama in my own life to worry about getting mixed up in all that). But as I started writing, one piece of advice I kept getting was that I would get haters, and I should do my best to produce great content and ignore those that can be downright mean. Well, I got to experience first hand what they meant. I wrote a few articles and yep, got some petty and some downright mean comments.

Now, I have fairly thick skin, I’d like to believe and I also think everyone has a right to have an opinion and to be able to voice it, but I think people need to be kinder to each other in general. Which means, it needs to start with me. So this weekend, I tried to not only be kinder (like smiling and saying hi to people at the airport when I usually keep to myself), but also more positive as well. Like when they made me check my luggage, I decided to be glad that I didn’t have to find overhead bin space and bump people around the aisles. Some people weren’t so positive, dropping f-bombs and yelling at the flight attendants.

I feel like positive energy breeds awesome things happening, and I am excited to see where my new positivity will take me. And yes, I now will work on seeing the glass as half full.


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