While on my usual mundane ride into work, I flip to different stations on the radio while in traffic. It so happened that the topic of discussion on this particular station was of something that I had been giving great thought to lately.
The topic was about life and what your planning on doing with the rest of it [yours]. More specifically, they spoke of graduates and their plans for the future, but the advice I heard could be applied to anyone. After all, we are all graduates of life who have competed major chapters in our lives that don’t necessarily warrant a degree.
The advice it self was a long speech giving these graduates tools for life, and it was the most unique one I have ever heard. One of the realist too. The entire speech was amazing, but there were two points that really made an impact on me. One was “Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.” (I’m going to let that sink in before telling you other….. I’ll wait)
The other was “Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.”
Both of these statements made my eyes open up wide, as I shook my head in agreement and said YES At the top of my lungs. It was something I needed to hear and just in the way I needed to hear it! All this time I’ve been comparing myself to what and where I thought I would be at this age. This stage of my life. Comparing myself to other individuals accomplishments or failures. Driving myself crazy or feeling better about where I was in my path in life. Never once giving myself the credit I deserved and taking into account that LIFE happened… And there are some things we can NEVER plan for. That I have made different choices in life and it’s ok that I did so. While others may have chose to stay home and save for their home and family, I choose to travel and not settle down. That I have stood in the face of adversary and called it a punk! Yet, I was still dissatisfied about my journey thus far. Untill today that is.
I feel like I just woke up! I realized am in competition with no one here but myself! I know what I want and although that might even change tomorrow, as long as I am making an effort to make myself happy and apply myself to my goals… What is there to be sad about? It is always about the journey and not the destination. I’ve been in a fog for sometime, but it’s sunny skies from here on out, even on the cloudiest of days. This will help me to see the light.
I encourage you to read it as well (the link is below). It may very well be the wake up call you were looking for. Share your story with us, and how this may have helped you!