The Power of a Positive Mindset

By Reem Motan, PharmD Candidate 2021, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy


There will be several moments in life where we will be knocked down when we least expect it and where we will feel like our world is crumbling.


Moments when life will throw hardships at you back to back before you can even recover from the previous traumas. These moments will happen to everyone and it will be completely out of our hands. We do however have the ability to take control and to change how we perceive our situations. To find the learning lessons within each day. To remember that with every hardship comes ease. To learn to focus on the blessings and the things that are going right in our life.


“Do you even understand what it’s like to go through hardships? You're always so positive and you look happy all the time. I doubt you would be charismatic and kind to others if you were going through tough times.”


Those are the words another student uttered to me. Little did they know that behind my smile and jokes, I was going through one of the hardest moments of my entire life. I had recently lost a family member and 24 hours later had a drunk driver smash through my home and nearly kill me.


In moments like this, situations can feel unbearable to endure. It can be difficult to understand that we can’t go back in time and change what happened. We can either allow these situations to make us bitter or shape us into better people. To allow moments like this to remind us that everyone encounters hardships that we are unaware of. To recognize that just because people carry their stressors well, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t heavy on their hearts. That we can embody a positive aura that can help us make the best of each situation. To be the reason why someone might be able to look forward to tomorrow. To be the person that lends a hand to help pull someone out their darkness, because one day you might need someone to pull you up during your weakest point in life. To be the reason why someone finds the blessings in their trials. To remember that no one is tested with more than they can handle.


Each one of us has the capability of changing our mindset to help us overcome our circumstances. To be the person that embodies positivity and creates a snowball effect that empowers others.


"When life knocks you down, then try to fall on your back, because if you can look up then you can get up." -Eric Thomas


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