I read something today that I found very interesting.
You don’t hate Monday, you hate your job.
This is something I think not many people think of. Everyone hates that the weekend is over, like they didn’t get what they wanted done. But, I’m sorry to be so blunt, whose fault is that? Um, yours. You’re the one stopping yourself from enjoying your “free time.” And those who say “I would like to do things I want, but I have to work.” Again, it’s your fault you’re “work” isn’t something you love. If you don’t see yourself doing this job for the rest of your life, why are you there? Why are you wasting what precious time you have in this life somewhere you’re miserable? Yes, you may be getting your career figured out by going to school, but thankfully for us we live in a world of opportunity: internships and the power of marketing. Market what you do in your free time to make it your career so you can finally quit your job and solely focus on that one thing you love. Take an internship to whatever you plan on doing in the future, the opportunities are there, you’re just not looking hard enough. Be someone who’s Monday is their Friday. Hell, be someone who doesn’t even know what day of the week it is because life is just that good.
First, I’d like to start out by saying I’m sorry for my lack of posts in the recent weeks; my schedule has been beyond crazy. Sure, I’ve had a few minutes here and there that I could have squeezed in a post, but then it would have been forced. When I blog or when I “write” I like for it to come naturally, something that actually means something to me, or something that’s happening in that moment in my life that could potentially be happening to others. But here I am, sitting at school, attempting to study for what feels like the midterm of my life, and all I can think about it blogging. Crazy, isn’t it? How someone can love something so much? And I’m not talking about how I love blogging, I’m talking about how I love writing. I’m lucky enough to have found something I’m passionate about; and that’s what life really is, isn’t it? Finding something you love and turning it into a career? As an English major I have a love/hate for reading and writing. I hate that in school I’m forced to do, yet when I’m not doing either of the two, I find myself yearning for it (hence, reasons why I started a blog). and It’s funny because it’s not only with English that people are like this, and it’s not only me that’s like this; people feel this way about so many things. For example, you can be an accounting major and hate every minute of it while you’re in class, but you think about your future as an accountant and it all seems worth it. Same for business majors. You stress yourselves out, pull your hair out doing presentations and papers; yet you have so many ideas and visions that it makes you excited to put it all to the test in your future. That’s what life is, finding something you love and running with it, turning it into something magical, something you’re passionate about. Hate it now and love it later; turn your hard work into something you can’t live without.
I love when people sit around and wait for something to happen in their life. I’m not saying I’m the most energetic person in the world and that I expect things to happen almost instantly. I’m just in the middle. I work hard, but also know that things can’t happen over night. However, some people just don’t understand the concept of going after what you want. People don’t understand that life isn’t going to hand you your happy ending on a silver platter while you lay in front of the tv watching Lifetime movies or ESPN. If you want something, you need to get up and get it yourself. You need to work towards that thing you want so badly and stop thinking it’s going to fall from the sky one day. Whether it’s for your career, for your relationship, or for your health, you have to be the one to take initiative to make a change and make a difference.
There comes a point in your life where you say to yourself, “enough with the bull, I gotta pick it up.” I know I always rant about how being young shouldn’t mean anything, but it’s always a subject of conversation because it’s the truth. The most irritating thing in life is not getting the same opportunity as someone half way through life already. It’s not your fault you were born in the year that you were born. Opportunities and motivation in life shouldn’t be based on age, but rather on your willingness to put in the work that is needed. You can’t have “experience” if no one is willing to give you the chance to GAIN the experience that so many businesses require. Life is a never ending battle of inequality. African Americans had to fight for their rights. Women had to fight for their rights. And it seem as though in today’s society, the youth is constantly fighting for their rights. How is it fair that someone at the age of 23 who’s willing and able to be successful and push themselves loses in the battle for a position over someone who’s let’s say 42. And why would they lose the battle? Because companies see someone who’s older and think “they probably have more experience, they could probably do more for us.” Sure, that could SOMETIMES be the case.. But not always. Wouldn’t companies want to bring in someone fresh and young, to continue on with the company? I guess not. My point is, is that it shouldn’t be this difficult for young people to get their foot through the door in this big world. Hello, land of opportunity.. Give us that opportunity to prove ourselves worthy.
Keep yourself busy, it makes you stronger. I know when life gets tough being busy is the last thing you want. You want time to yourself; time to relax. But it’s the busiest times that make you realize how strong you are, how brave and powerful you are. No one will make your dreams come true, except for you. YOU have to be the one to work for it! YOU have to be the one to push yourself! YOU have to be the provider for your own life. The tired days become the most rewarding. The hard days become the greatest life lessons. Through the bad, there is something greater- push yourself to find that something greater; I promise you it’s there. Good things happen to good people, and the best things happen to those who deserve it, those who work for it.
Be humble. Be hungry. Want more. Don’t settle.
It’s never too late to change something about your life. In today’s society it’s okay, it’s actually a huge accomplishment, when people choose to go back to college. Or even for younger people like myself, it’s never too late to change your mind on your major. Find something you love and run with it. There are all kinds of things in this world that motivate and help us find who we are and what we want to be in our careers. As long as you’re humble and hungry for success, you’ll come a long way. Have options for yourself and don’t be afraid to try something new. Success takes time, so don’t rush anything. Be wise, but have fun. Don’t compete with your friends or the people around you, the bigger and more successful person wins by being humble. Good things come to those who wait… And most importantly, those who deserve it.
As we reach the final month of 2014, let us reflect; reflect on both the good and the bad. Think about all the good that has happened to you and your loved ones this year, and also think about the bad. Did it make you stronger? Did you learn from it? Learning from your mistakes has to be one of the best forms of education. Learning from something you’ve done makes it stick. The people who’ve done you wrong, you learn to not trust as easily and look out for yourself. The job you quit, you’ve learned what type of career you want for yourself. And through all the good, you carry on the positivity and the lifestyle that comes along with it. As we enter the last stretch, choose what you want to take into 2015 and what you want to leave back in 2014. Reflect and learn; a lot happens in a year.
Life isn’t “life” unless you’re living happy. Work is “work” if it’s not something you love. School isn’t education unless you’re really learning. We lose friends, and we gain new ones. Our families fight, and then they get over it. Life is a never ending cycle of ups and downs; or might I say downs and ups- because no matter what negative situation we’re faced with, a positive one follows. It’s always sunny the day after it rains. So cry it out, put up with the crap you’re facing right now because once this is over, something good is coming your way. And I promise, it will end eventually and that good is on its way moments later.
Never stop. Never stop trying to be better. Never stop striving for happiness. Never stop creating new dreams. Once you’ve hit a goal, work towards another. Forever challenge yourself. We live in a world with endless opportunities. People always have something negative to say about the society we live in and how things are so hard- but, that’s the beauty of it; being challenge. And the people that say we’re limited, are the people that are small minded; don’t be small minded. The best things in life are created from dedication and hard work. Dream big and keep on dreaming. Don’t ever let anyone tell you no, and don’t ever stop at no. Be who you are and who you want to be, and never stop. The road is endless.
Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. It’s not about who’s the fastest or who’s the best. It’s not about who’s prettier or who’s smarter. Its not about who’s stronger or who’s taller. It’s about what makes you happy. If in the end you’re happy with the results, then that’s winning. Succeed at your own speed and at your own will. Everyone is built differently and everyone has different goals. Life is not a competition. Don’t ever feel threatened. If something doesn’t work and someone takes or accomplishes something before you, that doesn’t mean you need to stop and give up. It just means that there’s something better for you at your own finish line. Good things come to those who wait… And most importantly those who are humble. Be happy for the success of those around you, because the day you accomplish your own goals you’re going to want the same respect. Nothing good comes out of jealousy and envy. Be patient, but continue to grow- your finish line will come.