What is this? I actually got the opportunity to take some time for myself and enjoy an iced almond milk caramel macchiato? Two weeks ago I felt as if I would never see this day. I arrived to my crash summer course two weeks ago and glimpsed at the syllabus and wanted to just cry and give up right there and then. I saw that I had ten major assignments to complete over the course of two weeks. But where would I find the time to complete all ten assignments when I was expected to be in class from 9am-4pm everyday? The stress hit me so hard. For the past two weeks, my life consisted of waking up, going to class, getting home and doing school work for that class, and then going to bed at a decent hour in order to be able to wake up early in the morning to do it all over again.
It wasn’t easy, but I did it. I finally finished up my first summer course Thursday, so today I am taking a day for myself. A day to do things for myself. So my first stop is Starbucks. I throughly enjoy sipping on coffee and just sitting there thinking to myself, and people watching too of course. Two weeks ago I wasn’t sure I could make it through my class, now I am sitting in Starbucks thinking about how grateful I am that I finally completed my class. I finally feel as if I have control over my life again…at least for a week, until my other summer classes start:)
We have all been there before though, regardless of what the situation was. We have all had those days, weeks, months, maybe even years in which we feel as if we just aren’t going to make it. We feel as if quitting would be so much easier than just pushing through and fighting through the hard times. Yes, quitting is easier. But where will quitting get you? I am not a quitter. Quitting is just never an option for me. I know that pushing through the hard times will only make me a better person. Quitting will get me nowhere, and I am not trying to go nowhere in life.
I want to be a person that my family, friends, boyfriend, professors, supervisors, colleagues, followers, and fans are proud of and look up to. Most importantly though, I want to be a person I myself am proud of and admire. I don’t ever want to look back on anything I ever do in my life and think, “I wish I would have done a better job with that, or pushed myself harder instead of giving up.”
Let me put it this way…I don’t really like to get too religious with my thoughts because I don’t want to be that person that pushes religion on others however, I love to think of tough times in this way:
God would never put us through something that we can not handle. He does not want to see us fail. He is only going to give us so much as to push us to better ourselves and be the best person we can possibly be. There is absolutely nothing that God has given you that you can not handle and get through, or you would not still be here today.
Think about this the next time you are going through any kind of hard time. You have gotten through all of the hard times before. You yourself are living proof of this. You will get through this tough time as well.
I realize this is much easier said than done, but try to find something positive to look forward to when you find yourself in a rut. Whether you are stressed, or feeling depressed (or maybe even both), it is so important to block out the negative thoughts and instead, focus on something positive. Maybe there is a move that makes you laugh, or an activity that brings you great joy, or maybe a night out with friends will help to set your mind free of your worries for a few hours. Anything will help. And remembering too that, “this too shall pass,” should help you get through the hard times and help you to realize that the hard times won’t last forever. You just have to keep on pushing to get you through and bring you better times.
Don’t forget to also check out my amazing sister’s website here. She photographed all of the gorgeous pictures above!
Thank you for reading:)