8 Obvious Reasons Why You Shouldn't Rush Through Life

8 Obvious Reasons Why You Shouldn't Rush Through Life

Success comes in all ages.
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"We are always getting ready to live but never living.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are all rushing to finish college. We are all rushing to get an internship. We are all rushing to get a job. We are all rushing because our parents are telling us to. We are all rushing because we are constantly comparing ourselves to other people's success, so we don't fall behind. We are all rushing because we feel guilty slowing down. We are all rushing for success.

But when was the last time you relaxed? When was the last time you had little to no worries? When was the last time you were happy going in your own direction?

We are constantly stuck in a cycle of rushing things, and we never stop to admire life and everything around us. We never stop to relax and take things slowly. We are constantly pressured and anxious about being left behind in a crowd when we should have gone at our own pace and become a leader on our own terms. Here are ten reasons why you should not rush in life:

1. You Will Not Be Happy

Some people I know have habits of rushing things, even in situations that do not benefit them in the long run. They rush to the train station to get on the train on time, and when they miss it by a few seconds, their world feels like it is crumbling down. Everybody wants to graduate on time or less, so they constantly take many classes to get on track. However, they are severely stressed out, and sometimes they don't have time to hang out with friends. The feeling of rushing prevents you from experiencing fun things in life because you feel they will slow you down, and when you slow down, you feel guilty and left behind.

2. You Will Constantly Be Anxious

Anxiety is such a terrible feeling to have, especially when it keeps building up. When you rush things, you build on some expectations in order to satisfy your needs. However, you also open up anxiety on your way because if your expectations fall short, you panic or feel down and out. You are scared and anxious to not feel left behind. You want to catch up with the crowd. You feel uncomfortable when things aren't going your way, or you are slowing down. You will always feel impatient in situations that don't have to do with your personal tasks.

3. It Is Unhealthy

This involves physical AND mental health. Mentally, you will be stressed, anxious and unhappy. You could fall into a depression or other mental issues along the way. If that is the case, it is okay to get some help because we sometimes can't do it alone. Physically, when you rush things through life, your body could take a toll. You might miss out on sleep because you want to get things done. You might skip some meals, or you might not go to the gym because you feel too busy. You might overwork your body to the point that it could give up on you.

4. It Will Affect Your Decision Making Skills

Sometimes, when you rush through life, you may take on some additional tasks along the way in order to not feel lazy or slow down. Instead of saying no to things that are not your priorities, you accept them, so you don't burden someone or yourself. However, the addition of other tasks could fill your plate too much and take up so much time that you start to rush even more, and your decision making skills could be messy and unorganized.

5. You Will Miss Out On Opportunities

Whether a girl or boy asks you out on a date or relationship, or getting a job is fun but doesn't really benefit your priorities, or you have the opportunity to go abroad for free, you will miss out on other things in life. You could have made lots of money. You could have gotten a sweet and loving relationship. You could have ran into KPOP stars in the streets of South Korea. Instead, you just want to rush through to where you want to go.

6. People Around You Will Leave You

Because you want to get things done, you refuse to have fun (which is ironic if you read the fourth reason). People will slowly realize that you are out of their reach to hang out, and eventually, they will no longer contact you because they will always think you are busy. And by the time you get some free time, they see you as a distant person, or they just don't want to put up with you. This applies to relationships as well. When your significant other realizes you put your work first over people, they will leave you because they feel neglected.

7. You Will Procrastinate

When you set aside your priorities for other tasks, eventually, you will find yourself procrastinating. Priorities are there for a reason, so as not to leave things for the last minute. When you add on other tasks, you feel pressured to take them on, and you might forget your original priorities for a while until the deadlines approach.

8. You Will Struggle

We all want to rush to finish up tasks and such. You want to rush through your education to finish. Eventually, when you get to where you want, you will struggle. Instead of slowing down to learn the basics of this and that in school, you sped through it. Instead of slowing down to learn how to work and communicate with your peers, you did things on your own, and now, you aren't a great team player. Things that may have been picked up earlier in school may now be a blockage on your destination because you rushed.

Solution

Slow down. Admire yourself and what is around you. If you can, just say no. Don't add on more things on your plate. Don't multitask, and do one at a time. Relax and have fun by hanging out with friends, watching a movie, playing video games, and eating pizza.

If you don't, at your old age, you will feel unsatisfied and regretful, and you will wish you want to go back and start over.

Live life with little to no regrets. Not only you should work hard, you should also play hard. Don't rush, because success comes in all ages.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Accepting That I Have Panic Disorder For This Current Season Of My Life

All I can say it comes to one word, and that is "life."

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This post is very personal, and I was hesitant to write about this. But, I need to put it out here because my feelings matter, and I am not alone.

I remember the first time I had a panic attack. I was on my couch watching a video, and all of a sudden I went to go take a shower and I could feel my bones start to become weak, my mind felt like it wasn't in the full moment, and I got the urge to escape and catch my breath.

I called my sister immediately telling her I didn't know what was happening but I was shaking, I felt like couldn't breathe, I felt like I was going to pass out, and I was crying and hyperventilating so hard for no reason. I didn't have any control over anything and I felt like I was having a heart attack. And that's when she told me it was a panic attack. It lasted for a good 10-15 minutes and then my body felt back to normal.

But let me tell you, these attacks take SO much out of you.

I remember thinking I was dying. And there came the panic, racing thoughts, wanting someone to be there, and saying goodbye to the life I was living.

I had panic attacks once a month, and sometimes they came up different. This then caused my mind to be tricked into thinking "this time it was different." Until one month it became so bad in having them more than once, and it came in some form every day that I actually had to do the unthinkable and call that three-digit number for help and assurance that this was just a panic attack.

Now, you might be thinking what is so bad in your life that you are having panic attacks? What is going on? And honestly, that's a question I have yet to figure out. But deep down it's a whole bunch of crap. It's like when you grab sand from the lake and you find you have to add more to have it fall from your hands. Meanwhile, mine is more than another handful, it feels like it's the biggest pile of weight I am lifting up to carry and let it fall from my hands.

And, all I can say it comes to one word, and that is "Life." My body creates this sensation of wanting to escape and makes it a real moment my body goes crazy at any time, day, or moment. They say sometimes a panic attack can mimic a heart attack and what it feels like. Which is not fair because I get into thinking the doctors missed something when diagnosed with "panic disorder."

As I say, why is this all happening to me now? Or why can't my body freak out in another way? However, I think that's where repression comes in and soon the water kept filling and it turned to a boil. So, sometimes I think there's no way around it. Maybe my body secretly reacts to stress, trauma, pain, and old things I still haven't accepted in a brand new way. And it's something I have to accept and understand that this is a process.

However, it is confusing when it just happens out of the blue and you are like "I don't feel anxious or anything, but my body is reacting in so many ways... why?" I feel as if sometimes it's hard to win and I just want to have this gone and go back to not having to deal. But, as we all know repression is a ticking time clock, you can only repress so much until it just bursts. As I mentioned the metaphor above.

I never thought Panic Disorder would be apart of my journey. But maybe this had to happen to finally find my voice that has been hidden for so long.

To be continued.

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