1. Being nice doesn’t always pay off

Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done. I mean it was nice of all those people on the Titanic to let children off first, but where did that get them? They ended up freezing to death. I mean don’t go out of your way to be a bitch, but recognize that there’s a time and place for everything. Don’t be afraid to be assertive.

2. There will always be people who are better at things than us.

This is a harsh truth to face and it becomes clearer and clearer the moment you start applying to schools and jobs. There will always be people with more experience and more skills. Realize where you fit in the totem pole and focus your energy on crushing all the people who are below you on it. Don’t compete with those above you, it won’t be pretty, and unless you’re a resilient fighter it’ll do more harm than good.

3. Ugly people have it harder in life.

Studies have shown that attractive people are usually hired sooner and are paid more than their less-attractive coworkers. So if you’re ugly, realize you’re at a disadvantage and work harder to level out the playing field. Either become really funny, really intelligent, or really skilled in a particular field, or just accept that you’re probably going to be stuck in the back room of a Marshalls.

And with that being said.

4.) Not everyone sees you for who you are on the inside.

It doesn’t matter how funny, smart, or kindhearted you are, there will always be people that base your entire worth off your physical appearance. Accept that and realize those aren’t the type of people you want in your life anyways. I know how hard it is when you like someone so much it hurts and they just shoot you down, without even giving you a chance. But that’s life- focus your energy on the people who are willing to give you a chance.

5. The only person you can depend on is you.

In life, people come and go for various reasons. While it is important to make close connections- remember that at the end of the day, you are all you’ve got. Friends that you thought you’d have forever will move away and lose touch and your family will die (morbid I know).  With this in mind, you have to do what is best for you, don’t let your love for these people hold you back because one day you’ll realize they’re gone and that you never got to do the things you wanted to do.

6.  Life doesn’t give you a break

Sometimes everything in life goes wrong for no reason. You lose your job, or someone close to you, or you get in a car accident. And sometimes you’re so beat down that you just want to give up. The sad truth is, sometimes things don’t get better. You can’t control what happens to you in life, you can only control how you deal with it. Find one thing in life, something that can’t be taken from you, a hobby or a passion  and hold onto that. That’s what will keep you afloat.

7. It is better to be a quitter than a loser.

When we were kids, we were all told that quitting was the worst thing you could do. But it’s better to recognize that its time to move on than stay stuck in the same place. If you hate your job, quit it.  If you hate your marriage, get a divorce. I’m not saying that you should just give up without trying to make things work, but realize that some things will never work, now matter how  hard you try.

8. The world doesn’t revolve around you- in fact, most people are completely indifferent to your existence.

This is the most important harsh fact we all need to accept. No one gives a shit about your life- so stop acting like what you’re going through is so important, because it’s really not.  Blowing everything out of proportion and making stuff into a bigger deal than it has to be will not only stress you out but it will make everyone hate you. There are over 7 billion people on the Earth and most of them aren’t even aware that you exist, so calm your tits and just do you.

And because this article was so morbid, here are some GIFS to cheer you up.