Celebrating The Small Victories In Life Is SO Important

Celebrating The Small Victories In Life Is SO Important

I have chosen to celebrate the small victories along my journey, rather than to focus on the goals that I have not yet accomplished.

Twenty-Three, Recent Purdue Alumni, Wife.
I am living in a beautiful home with my husband and our dog, working my dream job, and making enough money to pay the bills and still travel the world.

According to the unrealistic expectations that society has set for someone with my demographics, these statements should be true. But I am here to tell you that they are the furthest from the truth, and I refuse to be ashamed of that.

The harsh reality of the world we live in today is that it is not easy. Our parents always taught us that we had to go to college in order to get better jobs and more opportunities than what they had as they entered into adulthood.

Yet, here I am with my Bachelor of Arts, five months post-graduation, without my dream job in sight. Jobs in my field are scarce and money is tight, but I am the happiest that I have ever been in my life.

I have chosen to celebrate the small victories along my journey, rather than to focus on the goals that I have not yet accomplished.

Twenty-Three. When I say it out loud I think, “When did that happen? I’m so old.” But in hindsight, I’m the youngest that I’ll ever be and I have many years ahead to ensure that I accomplish all of the goals I have set for myself, and for my family.

At the age of 23, I have traveled throughout 5 different countries, graduated from college, fallen in love and married my high school sweetheart. I’ve seen places and found love that most people only dream about.

Some days are harder than others, and we are our own worst critics.

Celebrating the small victories along your journey is something that you should never be ashamed of, and something you should never apologize for. No matter the transition into the ‘real world,’ it is never an easy one.

All good things come to those who wait, and that’s something that we should always remind ourselves of. Even if your victory means putting on a cute outfit and going to the grocery store on a rainy Tuesday afternoon; celebrate it, damn it.

Never apologize for who you are, always celebrate your victories (no matter how small), and never lose sight of what’s important to you.

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Thoughts About A 21st Birthday

Turning twenty-one has its pros and cons.

In life, we all have the "useless" birthdays. These birthdays are nothing but a celebration of turning another year older. This is kind of how I felt last year when, in February, I became twenty. But twenty-one is considered a milestone, especially for American youth. In the long run, how unique is gaining another responsibility?

I only question this, and slightly dread it, because there is more that comes with being twenty-one. For myself, a female, being this old means I am required to receive Pap smears in South Carolina, a procedure I do not like in the least. If you don't know what this is, well, they put a plastic thing inside you to open the region up and check the cervix for cancer. It isn't pleasant for me for multiple reasons.

But, back to what everyone knows about this age: drinking and the ability to purchase whatever kind you like.

I will probably enjoy being able to drink here. Thing is: I've had alcohol before. In Europe and Mexico, everything is a bit more relaxed, and it is indeed an excellent experience to learn what wine tastes like, or alcohol in general, and how to be a responsible drinker. Have I snuck some vodka in a tea before while on a trip? Yeah, and it was good. So, in hindsight, I've already had a taste of that part. But I'm celebrating regardless of experience.

Also, I'm going to be happy to be twenty for the next little bit. Do I know what I'm doing with my life? Not necessarily. And it will be a while until I do. But that is the point of being at this stage. And another year won't change that.

Yeah, I'm happy it is coming up, and that I get to see my friends and family, but I have only lived a short part of my life. More milestones will top this one, and they might not even be birthdays. But I'm still glad to be able to celebrate with those I love.


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Run with passion.

There are so many pressures that we feel as we enter the stages of even thinking about college. All throughout high school, we hear those words. “Get ready for college," “start applying," “start touring." Everywhere you turn you’re encouraged to seek a college education and put in classes that are labeled as “advanced." This is so that by the time we get to college we basically are supposed to know what we are doing for the rest of our lives.

Wrong. Never believe this.

People spend their whole lives searching for their calling and what they are truly meant to do and sometimes don’t find it until way later in life.

And that is okay.

Go to college as undeclared and search for what drives you and pushes you to be passionate. Or, change your major four times because at the end of the day college is about finding the career path that will make your life abundantly happy and go for it. Life isn’t about following a set of rules that society has always said are “right," it’s about the things that make us who we are and that isn’t always what is considered “normal” because we are all unique.

This year I changed my major for the second time, and it took a lot for me to actually go through with it. Changing majors for the second time meant changing career paths completely, and that was scary. Leaving what I had planned to do for the rest of my life (and had interned and apprenticed for, for the past three years) was not easy. It meant taking a leap of faith out of my comfort zone and into a field that I wasn’t as familiar with.

It meant wanting to see my dreams through and come true.

And I did it. I had to. For my sanity and for settling the possibility of a what if in my life, I had to.

Now, I am happy and successfully chasing my dreams. I am nowhere near reaching my goals yet but the passion I have for it will carry me and will keep me from burning out.

All this to say, don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do what society has pinned as “right”. There is no “right time” to finish college or to get engaged/married, or to change careers even. Life is different and exquisitely beautiful for everyone because we are all different. It would be so incredibly boring if we were all the same.

That’s all for now loves.

As Always,

Xoxo

BG

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