Alix Kunkle: The day your luck runs out

Alix Kunkle

We all have those days — sometimes they're even weeks, or months. It's the point when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. They stink, let me tell you.

My most recent spell was last week. In fact, I think it's carried over into this week, in a sense.

But America's problem is that, when we get into these "pickles," the days our luck runs out, we tend to slip into a state of depression. We tend to get down on ourselves, and that's when people start to use antidepressants and get into things they're not supposed to.

In a nutshell, I don't see much of a mentality of "things stink right now, but I'm going to get through this." I've seen many people be content with just sinking in the mud rather than try to wade their way through it.

Now, I'm not saying it's not OK to get down on yourself for a little bit when everything's going wrong. That's perfectly understandable; even the strongest individual in the world is going to be down. But the key is not to dwell. That's where our problems lie. When we dwell on things, that's when things start to spiral.

So what do I suggest Americans do? Well, I refer you back to a previous column, where I suggested that, if you were stressed, you do what you love.

Like to run? Whether it's going out for a job, embarking on a new knitting project, or simply going out and letting yourself loose on a mini-shopping spree, getting your mind off of everything will help you feel better almost immediately.

Now, I know I'm not Dr. Phil, and I probably never will be. I can do a pretty good Dr. Phil impression, but that's about it. I'm not a licensed psychiatrist; I'm only a 23-year-old editor. But it doesn't take someone with a doctorate to help bring the well-being of America up a little bit.

The key to everything is maintaining a positive attitude. By thinking that you're not going to get out of the rut, you're setting yourself up for failure, because you don't believe in yourself. If you believe that you can get out of the rut, though, you'll find the strength within your body to pull through the mess and come out a better man or woman.

Because as long as you keep looking straight ahead and trying to do the things you're supposed to, even when your luck runs out, you'll get through it. When you stop and let yourself sink, it's only going to get worse.

Alix Kunkle is the news editor of the Leesville (La.) Daily Leader. You may contact him at