Have you ever stopped to think that all of this worrying and pondering about our lives and where they’re headed is a part of the process? It is such a crazy idea to think that through all of this we will eventually make decisions (some good and bad) that will help us discover the life we have always wanted for ourselves.
I always hear the phrase “trust the process,” but that is easier said than done. Putting our trust in something that will eventually happen is hard, the “when” will always be on my mind. The uncertainty of not knowing when your dreams will come true and how long it will take is scary. You try to take all opportunities because one of them could be the stepping-stone into the life you’ve always wanted. But life also comes at you faster then; suddenly you find yourself juggling a multitude of responsibilities that can cause you to lose yourself in the mix.
Previously, I spoke about my feelings being two years post-grad and not seeing progress as fast as I’d want to, as compared to my classmates who I feel have made significant strides in their personal, professional and financial lives. I spend way too much time comparing my life to other people, and negating my life and the strides I’ve made. Although they are not as big, but a step is a step and each step is vital to making my way towards the life I have always wanted.
It is important to remember why you started, go into each experience and think about how you can use this opportunity to propel you further into your life, career, or personal goals. Living my life in a state of worry only impedes my progress that will lead to me being unhappier with my life.
Below are some tips I try to remind myself of whenever I am scrolling through social media, because sometimes it can make me feel down about where I am at in life:
- Remind yourself of what it is that you are working towards. Let no one or thing lead you astray, and even if you do go astray, just know that you can always start back again.
- Make sure you do other things as well to keep busy. If you have a hobby that you have neglected in the past, now is the time to get back into it. It’s also a great time to expand your social circle and learn more about yourself outside of the normal academic and work settings.
- Whatever you do, it is important to remember that everyone’s journey is different and finding your way is YOUR way and no one else’s. Do not allow social media posts to play mind games on you. Everyone is at a different point in their life for a reason. For those who are in the process of finding their way, there will be times when you want to give up and throw in the towel, but remember, the guilt of not trying is far greater than the guilt of succeeding.
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