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Quick Thought: Life's Challenges

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Tonight, I went to dinner with two of my very good friends. I was excited when we made the decision to meet up after work and have dinner together. It had been a while since we last saw each other, and quite honestly, I needed to see their faces, needed to hear their voices. The one thing I can say about these two is, when I need them to listen, they fold their hands on the table and they listen. When I cry about something, they may cry with me, but more importantly, they listen. And best of all, there is no judgement. When we come together, we go around the table and talk about what has changed with us since our last dinner date. Usually, I am the one uncertain, or sad, or I'm the one needing to vent. But tonight, I was the one giving advice, and it felt...weird. 

One of my friends is dealing with something I was dealing with last year. Trying to find your purpose, and carve out your place in this world, is scary. I struggled with it, and I completely understand the fear and frustration that she is currently feeling. During this conversation where I gave her advice, I stopped and had a thought, I'm really growing. I am so different from the twenty five year old who wrote about not being able to figure out her purpose. I mean, don't get me wrong, I have my days where I'm unsure of my next step, but, I don't panic as I once had. I've learned to take things for what they are, and keep it moving, and I've learned that if I'm going to get anywhere in life, I have to go for it, because it's not going to just come to me. Wouldn't that be great though? Yeah...

Life is hard, it is full of decisions, heartbreaks, and reality checks.  It would be so easy to make the popular choice, and not ruffle feathers along the way. To become the usual, a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or even a social worker, but if your dreams aren't the norm, why would you settle just because it would be easier? I'd rather work to achieve my goal, and be happy, rather than doing what is expected of me, and being unhappy while doing it. Life, is sometimes a challenge, we just have to decide if we're up for it or not.

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