Change your Attitude, Change your Life

There is one thing that inspires me more than anything else—having a sense of humor and a positive attitude. I was profoundly reminded of this recently.

My friend Michelle is seriously one of the most hilarious people I know. I met her several years ago via my friend, Brooke. We spent some time together at Brooke’s wedding in Hawaii, and let me say I was peeing my pants half the time because she was so freaking funny.

So it’s no surprise that I was super excited when she packed up her bags and moved to NYC from SF. Yay! Another bay area transplant! We have since bonded over massaged kale salad. It’s the simple things that matter.

Michelle is definitely incredible. After first getting her permission, I would like to tell you why….

A few weeks ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was informed that in just a few days of learning the news she would have to have a double mastectomy. Whoa!

I am still so blown away by the sense of humor this girl can have in the face of such a tragic diagnosis.

She posted this picture on Facebook while she was in the hospital…

Her caption “My Roommate Sucks”

The post is hilarious on many levels and knowing Michelle, it’s no surprise to see this. Most people put in her shoes would have quite a different reaction.

You see your life is what you make it. Chances are, we are all going to face extreme adversity, illness, or loss at some point in our lives. The difference between brilliant happy people and the rest lies entirely in their attitude. Michelle is still carrying this insane sense of humor in the face of adversity.

It’s a huge wake up call and intense reminder that we all have a choice. We are the creators of out own life and our own happiness.

I have always lived this quote by Maya Angelou:

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

I would love to hear how a shift in your attitude helped you in an adverse situation. Please leave your comments below.

If you are compelled, please share this story with your friends.

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