I’m Doing Pretty Okay

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June 4, 2019

You don’t always have to be awesome, steller, or even happy all the time. We all need a break from the reckless and unrealistic expectations that we can always be happy. The truth is, sometimes we’re just doing okay. And that’s perfectly fine. There is nothing to be ashamed of when feeling “just okay”. 

been doing okay
in this flowerless may
and though today
that’s all I can say
i’m doing pretty okay
~ A. Hanna

As I went through the month of May, I felt good at times, bad at times, and just alright at times. Now, it’s well known that given our social media exposure, we think that everyone else is happy, gleeful, and always doing awesome things. And because of this, we feel that there is something wrong with us if we don’t feel the same way: that feeling “just okay” equates to being the opposite of happy. We have to change this paradigm. 

Have you met that person who seems happy all the time? That person who is bouncy and cheerful and always has a smile on their face? And what happens if that person carries a flat demeanor? Not sad or down, just neutral. Most people jump to the conclusion that something is wrong with that person. “Are you alright?” everyone asks. “Is something wrong?” No, nothing is wrong. Maybe that person just feels okay. And what’s wrong with that?

For many people, energy is derived from being around others. For others, it takes energy. And if that energy wanes, sometimes it’s hard to keep that perpetual smile on your face. Some people re-energize when they feel okay. Something doesn’t have to be wrong to not be happy. That’s what I’m trying to challenge. That very notion. The notion that being okay is not okay. 

So next time you find yourself somewhere in the middle of blissful and downtrodden, look in the mirror and tell yourself that it’s okay to be just okay. 

Alex Hanna

Alex Hanna

By day, Alex works as a technologist. By night, he runs Challenge the Storm. Suffering from depression and anxiety, himself, he dedicates every day to help one single person. Something as small as putting a smile on someone else's face may have a bigger impact than you think.

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