10 seconds.

This may sound mundane, trust me, I know it is. It was late at night, flicking through channel after channel, finally something decent appeared. A new show, mindless, just what I needed. Yet as the story continued I found myself more and more drawn in. The theme, strange, the characters, interesting… and yet I took away something special, a new way to cope.

 

10 seconds.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (and repeat).

That’s all it takes.

 

Whatever you are going through right now, regardless of how big or small it may be, just take it 10 seconds at a time. You can get through this. 10 seconds, that’s all it takes. Count to 10, breathe, and repeat. You just need to get through the next 10 seconds, then another 10 seconds, and another. If you can get through one lot of 10 seconds, you can sure as hell get through another.

 

What a beautiful way to look at life, just 10 seconds at a time.

 

Today, I found myself counting to 10 more times than I can remember. Sometimes life gets too much and we need a little reminder that it will be okay. As human beings we take on a lot, more than we can handle, how we’re expected to deal with this is beyond me.

 

Since my Mother’s death, in all honesty I have tried every method to cope. Yet at the end of the day, nothing ever worked… until now. Today when I got upset thinking about Mum, I paused and said to myself “10 seconds”. Sitting there, I slowly counted to 10, then again and again. It was in that moment I realised I could do this, I could get through this. I just survived 10 seconds without pain, I can do it again and again, until eventually I don’t have to. Until eventually I get to that point where I can deal with life, weeks, even months at a time. But for now, 10 seconds feels like a success.

 

Everyone out there is struggling, exams are stressful, society is stressful, and life in general is stressful. Whatever you have to deal with just take it 10 seconds at a time, trust me.

 

“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10”

Breath.

Begin Again.

10 seconds.

It’s as easy as that.

~MM

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