Correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s just too much pressure in the world. Every single day, we wake up to a brand new assortment of choices. Choices that will shape our lives into entirely different contours one way or the other. Whether it’s deciding which career path to take, debating in your head to give someone a phone call or not, or even as simply as choosing to start ticking off items in your checklist or putting it off ’till later—every act we do in our lifetime has an impact. Some we may not realize as of moment, but it will always exist and leave a mark in us.
However, we’re not designed to be perfect. We take a chance. We fail. We try again, and maybe we’ll succeed this time around. But, what if we never do? When can we finally say it’s time to stop and take a different track? Is it right at the moment of defeat? When we’ve given all that we can and there’s nothing left to give?
As a teenager, I am almost through crossing the bridge between the lightheartedness of yesterday and the reality of today. I begin to wonder how life’s going to be after college. Sometimes, I catch myself delighting in things that used to bore me as a child like hours of talking over the phone about guys, makeup, and life in general. My late mother’s counsel doesn’t ring a bell of annoyance to my ears anymore whenever I remember them. Instead, it has become my valued woman mantra. But still, I cringe at the possibilities of what the future has in store for me. The road ahead seems to be dimly lit.
It is during times like these when we need to stand firm and hold our ground. Rise up from the crashing waves, and prevent them from drowning your whole being. Remember to accept who you are. It will do you no good if you’re the first person to put too much pressure on yourself. If you feel really burnt out, try to give yourself some space. Breathe. Do activities which relax your mind, calm your senses and take your thoughts away for a second. Doodling has worked fairly well for me, and so did browsing pictures of interest on the net.
On another note, it is important to rethink your feelings about the matter. Is your heart still in it or are you just dragging yourself towards the finish line? To be able to achieve success, one must be determined to chase after it. Always keep in mind that mistakes are avenues for improvement. Cheer up! Don’t be afraid to take chances and seize the opportunity to be the best version of you.