Finding My Armor

A watermelon jolly rancher. This morning I was wandering around and stopped by the candy jar on someone’s desk and grabbed one. As I sat and enjoyed my jolly rancher I felt like I was transported back to childhood. To a simpler time. A time when jolly ranchers were life. Fighting with Sister K for all the red ones- cherry, watermelon, strawberry. Sometimes I enjoyed green apple. Always left the lemon or grape behind. Life was simple. The greatest worry I had when I held a bag of jolly ranchers was trying to get my favorite flavor out before Sister K took it.

This may seem like a silly post. It is. But I think it has a lesson to be learned. This morning I felt a wave of nostalgia. It struck me as interesting that a simple watermelon jolly rancher could conjure up so many memories. So many happy feelings. Bliss.

I am embarking on a journey to figure out how to take life one day at a time. This isn’t going to be easy. I already know it. I also already know I will fail. I will probably fail at in some way everyday. But today I feel a little successful. I am focused on the here and now. I am focused on my watermelon jolly rancher from this morning and with that comes a surge of happiness. A surge of happy feelings that I need to keep at the front of my mind. I need to use those as my armor to ward off the negative thoughts. Today jolly ranchers are my armor. Who knows what it may be tomorrow. Hopefully by striving to find something each day I can create my own suit of armor internally. A suit of armor filled with simple but strong thoughts.

What is your armor to help you ward off negative thoughts or worries? Do you have a piece of candy from your childhood that brings back a wave of nostalgia and good feelings? Does anyone else dislike lemon and grape flavored jolly ranchers?

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