Alright, guys, it's time for real talk. We're going to discuss this thing called life. Now, most of the time, it's not going to be easy. In fact, it's never going to be easy. If you're doing something in life and it seems easy, newsflash: you're doing it wrong. Life doesn't take kindly to any of us. It grabs us by our shirt collars, jerks us around until we're super dizzy, then it beats us up until we pass out. When we finally come to, it repeats the process. Life? You suck.
Oh, alright. Maybe life doesn't suck. At least, not all of the time. The fact is, life can actually be pretty rad, as long as you let it. It takes a little practice and conscientiousness, but with some effort, you will realize that your life isn't so bad. Step one in the process is to check out these 15 pictures that will make you feel better about your life.
15 You listened to your mother
All of your friends made fun of you at the time. They called you a goody two-shoes. A prude. But you didn't listen to them. You stood strong, and now, you're glad you did.
You got teased a lot for listening to your mom. People laughed at you. But now, you're the one who's laughing! Muahahahahaha! *Ahem* Yes, you may have been the source of mockery for all of those childish school kids, but you were right all along! If you hadn't listened to your mother, you might have ended up like this lumberjack wannabe. You might have disregarded your mom's well-thought-out advice not to use a weird picture like this for your yearbook photo.
See, kids? This is why you always listen to your parents. Maybe they seem uncool now, but they are actually the coolest. If this picture doesn't cheer you up, we don't know what will.
14 You know that this is an eagle
Ah, yes. America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. A wonderful nation comprised of kind, hard working people who are blessed with the privilege of free speech. She has her flaws. But America remains a paragon of liberty, justice, and freedom. Yes, truly America is iconic. And the two most prominent symbols of America are every bit as unforgettable as the great nation herself. Those two symbols are the American flag, and the American weird-looking parrot.
Wait. What? Parrot? That's not a parrot. That's a bald eagle, right? Did we miss something? No, clearly this Facebook user is mistaken. We just Googled it, and this is definitely a bald eagle.
Well, for a second there, we were worried that we were the ones who were mistaken. But, no. Turns out we were right. And so were you, which is why you should feel better about your life.
13 You've never had a disappointing Pop-Tart
Oh, boy! Breakfast time! It is the most important meal of the day, you know. The fate of your whole day rests in the quality of your breakfast. A crappy morning meal will put you in a bad mood for the next twelve to fourteen hours, which is why it is so important to choose a breakfast food that doesn't disappoint.
Obviously, breakfast cereals are a good choice. And let's not forget pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Bacon and scrambled eggs, of course, are also popular options. We wouldn't turn down a breakfast of any of those food items. But we are going to play it safe and opt for an always delicious Pop-Tart.
Can you imagine the despair you would feel in your heart upon opening up a Pop-Tart package and discovering this scantily-iced abomination? Gosh, life may be pretty bad, but it'll never be as bad as this. *Gulp* We hope.
12 You've never cut yourself with a spoon. Twice.
Speaking as the uncoordinated, uncouth people that we are, we can't tell you the number of times that we have managed to slice our hands open with cutlery. And not even sharp cutlery. We're talking butter knives and safety scissors, here, folks. We don't have to have a sharp blade in order to cut ourselves, considering how accident-prone we are. It's embarrassing. We don't really like to talk about it.
But when we saw this picture, we actually felt a little bit better about ourselves. You're right, Whisper user. We may very well be clumsy and ungraceful. But at least we have never managed to cut our fingers open with a spoon. Twice.
This picture not only succeeds in being funny. It also helps us understand that no matter how hard we fail, there will always be people out there who fail much, much harder than we ever could. And that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside.
11 This isn't your yearbook photo
Oh. Oh, dear. That is so unfortunate. And the worst part about this picture is that this boy's mom and dad probably had a whole bunch of wallet-size prints made of this school picture—you know, to hand out to relatives. This picture is probably hanging on this boy's grandmother's fridge right now. We only hope that his classmates never get ahold of this. They'll never let him live it down.
You know what's really bad? This. You know what's not really bad? Your life. Yes, indeed, this picture is so hilarious and unlucky that it makes us think that our lives are pretty darn good. Oh, our life's not perfect, to be sure. But at least our aunts and uncles don't have pictures like this one framed and sitting on their mantle pieces. This picture makes us realize that things could be a whole lot worse.
Now, a moment of silence for this poor boy.
10 You know what an elbow is
Hey, we're sorry to bother you guys, but could we ask you a quick question? What's that joint that's located on the outside of your arm? You know, the one that links your forearm with your upper arm? Oh, it's an elbow. Thanks!
That was a test. We just wanted to make sure that you guys are smarter than this Tumblr user, who thought that an elbow is called an "arm knee." A freaking arm knee. What the hell? Seriously, didn't you take science, Tumblr user? They teach you what that is in, like, Kindergarten or the first grade. Get it together!
We're not saying that you have never done anything stupid. We all have. Heck, don't even get us started on all of the dumb mistakes that we have made. But this is a special kind of fail, and it takes a special kind of doofus to make it.
9 And you know what thirsty is
It happens to all of us. We're right in the middle of a conversation with someone. Then, all of a sudden, we forget the next word that we were going to use. And it's a really simple word, too. It's so simple. This is ridiculous, why can't you think of that word? It's right on the tip of your tongue! You rack your brain, desperately trying to locate that word—you know it's in there somewhere. But does the word come to you? No. And you probably won't think of it until hours after the conversation, when you're all by yourself. Thanks a lot, brain.
Yeah, it's embarrassing and annoying when that happens. But at least you didn't mistake thirsty for water hungry, right? Moreover, when someone tried to correct you, at least you didn't remain adamant that it isn't "thirsty," it's, "water hungry." This picture won't turn your life around, but it should cheer you up some.
8 You never posted a picture of your son's credit card to Facebook
Now, this picture implies that there are people out there who don't know why it's a seriously bad idea to post a picture of your credit card to Facebook. You're smart. You know why this is dumb. But just so we can have it on the record, we're going to give a quick rundown on why sharing a picture of your credit card is a bad idea:
If you post a picture of your credit card to social media, people will have access to your credit card number. And, if people have access to your credit card number, they will be able to charge your credit card by using the number when making online purchases. As you can imagine, giving strangers the ability to charge your credit card is a terrible idea. We wouldn't recommend it.
If you're crying right now, please stop, because at least you didn't do something this stupid. Or maybe you did. If that's the case, feel free to keep crying.
7 Proof that your soulmate is out there
Wow. This is smooth AF. Hey, so what if you broke up with that girl/boy? And who cares if your crush is nothing like you imagined? Don't sweat it. Lots of relationships crumble into nothingness, and every breakup causes some degree of heartbreak. But no matter how much that stuff upsets you now, don't let it overwhelm you in the end, because your soulmate is out there. And this picture is proof of that.
Look, we aren't psychic, here. We can't say for sure when you will meet the true love of your life. For all we know, you could spend the next ten years sorting through dates in an effort to pinpoint that one special someone. We really don't know how long it will take you. But we do know that your better half is out there, somewhere. So look over this picture, remember it, and take heart.
6 You've never tried to wear a duct tape mask to commit a robbery
Okay, so maybe you aren't planning a robbery. At least, we hope you aren't, because robbery is a bad idea. And not just a, "Hey, let's go play in the swimming pool during a lightning storm" bad. We're talking illegal. So don't plan any robberies, okay? Okay.
Now, what were we saying? Oh, yeah. Even if you aren't planning on robbing a bank, we would just like you to know that using a duct tape mask as a disguise is a dumbass idea. There's just no way to sugarcoat it. If you're stupid enough to wrap duct tape around your face, then you deserve every ounce of pain that you feel when you have to peel that stuff off, whether you robbed a bank or not.
All that to say this: if you're ever feeling blue, remember this picture, and be grateful that at least you've never been as idiotic as this criminal.
5 You never played "Grass" in a school play
It happens to all of us. The circumstances in our lives change. Things get rough, or redundant, or distressing. At some point, we reach a time in our lives where we feel . . . meaningless. We question the purpose of life, and the connotations of our own existence. There has to be a point to all of this, so what is it?
We can't answer that question for you, because the meaning of life is different for all of us. We each have to discover for ourselves what our purpose is. But rest assured, you have a purpose. Just because you haven't got it all figured out yet doesn't meant that you never will. So, the next time you feel like you're drifting through a superfluous life, recall this picture. Does that kid look like he thinks his role as "Grass" is pointless? Actually, we can't really tell because his face is covered up. But, hey, at least you aren't him.
4 You never sprayed jet fuel on a fire
So, what's the worst that you ever screwed up? Think back, now. It's got to be something that makes you blush every time you recall it. Something that you wouldn't want new acquaintances to know about. Did you accidentally fart in front of a whole bunch of strangers when you were riding the bus home from work? Or, did you wear a skirt on a windy day with no shorts underneath? No offense to you guys, but you're only human, so it's pretty safe to say that somewhere along the line, you screwed up big time.
We're not saying that the embarrassment that you feel for your personal mistakes is unwarranted. But we are saying that there are people in this world who have a reason to feel way more embarrassed than you do. Just check out this headline. A group of firefighters actually pumped jet fuel onto a fire. Jet fuel. Pretty sure that's not going to put the fire out.
3 You know that the moon is bigger than one elephant
Maybe work has been killer lately and you have had to work double time just to scrape by. Or, maybe you and your boyfriend/girlfriend are on the outs. There are plenty of things that can go wrong with your life. And, in our experience, if something can go wrong, chances are good that it will eventually. Wow, that was a downer. Sorry about that. For a second there, we forgot that this post was supposed to be inspirational and upbeat. Let's fix that, shall we?
Our point is that no matter how bad you think your life is, someone always has it worse than you. Sure, maybe you hit a fire hydrant while you were trying to parallel park. And, yes, that's pretty bad. We will admit it. But at least your deductive reasoning powers have never abandoned you when you were on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? And at least you know that the moon is bigger than an elephant.
2 You never tried to set your calculator to wake you up
We take it for granted that we all know how to use our smart phones. But we would like to ask you to pause a moment in order to contemplate the fact that there are actually people out there who have no idea what they are doing when it comes to gadgets. Oh, sure. Maybe they know how to work a computer. Maybe they can surf the web just like everybody else. But when they start to dabble in the realm of tablets, Androids, and smartphones, they haven't got a clue.
Don't feel down on yourselves, you guys. No matter what you are going through, it's really not that bad. Actually, we don't know that. For all we know, your lives could totally suck. But it could be worse! You could be like this Tumblr user, who instead of setting the alarm clock on their phone, just typed an 8 into the calculator, before falling asleep.
1 Finally, somewhere in this amazing universe, two corgis are riding a dinosaur in a park
So, do you guys really want to know why you should feel better about your life? Are you super serious about this? Because we don't want to show the best picture in this entire lineup to people who aren't sincere in their desire to know why they should keep on keeping on. Alright, so are you ready?
The real reason why you should feel better about your existence is that right now, somewhere in this vast and incredible world, two adorable doggies are riding a dinosaur in a park.
Would you just look at those two corgis? No one has ever been that happy to play on a playground—and these two pups had some tough competition, since most playgrounds are rife with gleeful children. So the next time life doesn't go your way, or the next time you're having an existential crisis, just look at this picture, and everything will be okay.