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Life always works out in the end

“Everything will be okay” has been one of my favorite phrases for years — I’d say at least five, give or take.

When I was a software program manager, I said it so often that after a particularly difficult release, my lead developer got the team a cake to celebrate and wrote “everything will be okay” in black icing across the top. I wish I had a picture.)

Back when I was taking an improv, an instructor from Chicago once pointed out to a class that the phrase “everything will be okay” is “the sort of thing people say when they have nothing else to say.”

And I kind of agree and realize I should get another phrase. But at the same time, I know that was his neurosis speaking (just like mine is when I feel like this phrase is alright), and ultimately mine wins out. So: I still like it.

What I like about “everything will be okay” is that it is so many things in one.


It is the cardinal opposite of “everything is horrible and nothing will ever again be alright,” or, said differently, my least favorite phrase of all time: “it is what it is” — the wail of the defeatist.


Shit happens. Shit always happens. Shit will go on happening — forever.

And some of that shit is going to be shit we didn’t want. This is part of being alive — we don’t always get everything, and this, as it turns out, was one of them, but this is also just a little reminder that we are not life’s masters. It’s our job to adapt, not design.


Believing that everything will be okay feels like that hair caress our grandma used to do, the cool hand running over the side of the head. “There, there.” It may sound like nonsense, but because the vasty majority of our lives is based on our mindset, our outlook in situations makes a huge difference.


Everything will, in one way or another, be okay. Because life moves on and life will sort itself out and even if it’s all different than we expected, life does — always — adapt. And so will you.

This is just ONE MOMENT of your life

And even if it’s a shitty one, or if it goes one for “too long,” at the end of it all, it’s just one phase of your entire existence. As long as you keep your head up.

You’re not the only one going through shit. I know when you’re in the shit, it’s hard to see this, much less care. But you’re not the first person to hate their job, or feel lost about what to do, or lose a loved one, or get rejected.

This is part of the human experience — not some interruption to it.

Having shit happen that you didn’t plan or want is part of being alive.

And if that’s true — if everyone goes through this at some point — then it must also be true that it will all smooth out and turn out okay. Otherwise we would all be caught up in that dude that never called us back 7 years ago — rather than celebrating the love we later found.

Instead of inaction in the face of life obstacles or despair, think of what your long term goals. Some define procrastination as “weakness in the face of impulse” rather than laziness. So remember what you want, and go for it.Stop choosing cheap consumer fodder over what you really want. Look past today, and envision yourself as what you could be. And go for it.

I’m not saying you’ll get everything exactly as you want it, but it will all be okay. Because life is “okay.” Life has shit, and life adapts — this is one of the most basic truth of living it.