Good morning! I was looking at the morning news and they said Stockholm would have a nice sunny day today. I looked out my window and saw that it was nowhere near nice. That got me thinking about Swedes, weather and positivity. If you know anything about Swedes, you know that we’re obsessed with weather, probably because we’re always hoping for sun but most often get some gray-cloudy-sadness thing. So today when I expected sun but got clouds I realized how most conversations are going to go today… “it’s so sad”, “I’m so tired”, “the weather is horrible today isn’t it?” and on and on it goes. I agree that it’s not so fun with this type of weather but I also think it is perfect study weather, awesome weather for training inside and it makes me want to drink tea, which I don’t do often enough. However, it is very unlikely that someone will tell me these things when I talk to them, we tend to focus on the negative aspects of life and therefore my mind wandered to positivity and our own power to control how we feel.

noun | the quality or state of being positive

A friend of mine taught me about this and how we control our own happiness. Happiness does not come from something we have, it comes from within. It is a state of mind, you decide to be happy. Now either you think I might be on to something or you probably think this sound like complete rubbish. But I’ve found, again and again, that this really is true. From the simple thing like not letting the weather get you down to the big problems we face from time to time that makes us feel worthless. I’m not saying this is always easy but if you truly believe you can turn things around for yourself then in the end you will be able to.  Choose what you want your life to be about, and try to make decisions that will get you there. If you do that then everything will workout, maybe not right away but when you start seeing good things then suddenly they’re all around you. Before you know it, you will be that annoying person across the street who is just walking around, smiling for no apparent reason. That is not only going to make you happy but everyone else you meet will also catch some of your happiness. This is how I try to live, with positivity and the belief in myself and that I control my mind. I hope this gave you something to think about. That’s all for now! See you soon.

New beginnings

On Friday it’s finally time, I start school again! I know so many people who are tired of school and who didn’t enjoy high school even though everyone told them that “they would miss it afterwards” and “life will never be this easy again”. I have never been one of those people, I’ve (almost) always enjoyed school.  Studying at a higher level has been even more fun! Everything you learn ties together,  you choose the subject and you get to decide how you want to spend your time.  I think that is why studying comes so easy for me… while other people study to get a dream job, I just want to stay in school as long as I can because really, in my mind it’s so much nicer to study than to work.

I think that’s the challenge for everyone, to find something that they really enjoy doing. It’s not that every second of it has to be rainbows and unicorns but if you feel like you are where you want to be then it wont be that hard to wake up early in the morning. I’ve also found that I rarely can relate to all the “weekend memes”, you know like “why is Monday so far from Friday and Friday so close to Monday”  because even though I love the weekend, I certainly don’t hate the regular weekdays. However, like I said, I think it’s a challenge. It’s not an easy task to get there but if you’re being honest with yourself I believe it’s much more likely you will make decisions that lead you in the direction you want to go.

So, in two days I will start my program in the Economics of Innovation and Growth. I’m crossing all the fingers I have that this will be a good fit for me! As I mentioned earlier, the past year I’ve been studying at SU and, well, it was not what I expected.  I could really use a year that turned out a bit better that the last one so let’s hope this is a step in the right direction!

All the best!