On ABC this fall, there will be a new show titled Designated Survivor. This show will be about the person designated to be tucked away in the event that something happens to the President, Vice President, and those officials who are in line for presidential succession. If something did happen to all of them, that person, known as the Designated Survivor, will become Acting President of the United States. This is based on the Presidential Succession Act enacted in 1947. I am looking forward to watching this show as it does look awesome and…I mean come on! It’s Kiefer Sutherland!

Aside from the show and the Presidential Succession Act, the name and role of Designated Survivor stands out to me. This person is tasked with having to take over for people who are no longer there to do their job. They have to decide whether or not they will continue with the previous administrations policies or come up with their own. They will have to make the choice of whether to retaliate against those whose actions made them the designated survivor or place the focus on another pressing issue. They have so many choices to make unexpectedly and with little help.


With that being said, do you sometimes feel as if you are the designated survivor in your own life? Do you feel as if everyone who was qualified to do the job has deserted you, leaving you to complete tasks and make decisions with little help? How do you feel when that happens to you? Overwhelmed? Excited? Angry? Guilty? Do you feel left behind? Lonely? Sad?

Sometimes when we are put in position where we have to take over in a pinch, we’re so overwhelmed with what we have to face that we do not get an opportunity to evaluate ourselves. We don’t get a chance to check in internally and we find ourselves operating on adrenaline rather than rationale. Then when that first moment of the emotions that have been stored away emerge, one of the feelings that surface is doubt. What did I screw up? Who will be affected and how bad will it affect them? Basically put, after battling through all of those emotions, one winds up having to fight one last emotion: worry.


If you ever find yourself feeling like the designated survivor of your life, understand this one thing: you can choose how you react to the situation. Yes, you have the power to control your actions with regards to your situation. It’s your right and it may be the only thing you have control of during that experience. But it’s the most important thing you can control. How you view the circumstance and react to it will make all the difference in the world from who helps you to the decisions you make. So choose your attitude as wisely as you can.


If you don’t know what emotion or attitude to choose, try to find a way to laugh. It’s not the easiest thing to do or the most thought of reaction to have in any rough situation. But it might be necessary as for thing it helps one to breathe. It also helps to feel a little hope that something can bring you a little levity in such a heavy time. It just reminds you that you’re human and you can still feel more than just helpless and unprepared.

Until next time, I hope you never feel like the designated survivor of a situation in your life. But if you do, please know that you still have the power to choose how you react to it and that if you can find something to laugh about during that time, you can use it as a chance to breathe and to find hope in a dark situation. Don’t forget to try to talk about it if you can and if you can’t, at least try to write out your feelings. The point is to not have all the emotions bottled up inside of you while dealing with a difficult situation. Because at the end of the day, when the situation is at ease enough for you to rest, you still have yourself and you deserve a break. Don’t forget to give yourself one, okay?