Competition of Pace

Competition Of Pace

A poem dedicated to keeping your own pace within life. Although others may treat it like a race, there is never a limit on achieving what you set your heart on!


This piece is dedicated to those that feel they need to rush to their dreams because that's what it seems others are doing. Life is never about how quickly you can achieve something. It shines best when you place all of your careful time and consideration into something you're passionate about.

No matter how long it takes you to get there, I know that even the world itself would be able to see how brightly your passion shines from miles away. May your ultimate dreams come true!

Everyone always treated it like a competition

Or a game, and whoever did the most

Accomplished more, was seemingly a winner

"It" was life itself

She began to join the race,

Always on the go and never wanting to fall behind

Because everyone else treated it like a competition

A game in which there were "clear winners"

She began to run fast,

Even more on a fleeting journey to get things done

There were many goals to finish, and she needed to make it quick

Because everyone else treated it like a competition

A game in which there were "speedy results"

She began to run faster,

This was yet another sign she needed to get to her dreams

For going only "fast" wasn't enough to get all of it done

Because everyone kept treating it like a competition

With no end in sight

As she ran the fastest she ever had,

There, she found herself becoming tired

And suddenly, tripped among the madness that was this race

It wasn't until she became aware that what hurt most wasn't getting hurt by the fall

But repeatedly looking at haste as a way to get to where she wanted to be

All because she looked to what everyone else was doing and how fast they were going

She saw that some people that had been going just as fast as she had, also fell amid the rush

'Maybe, it isn't truly a race after all,' she resolved, getting back up again

Life, she decided, wasn't about how fast, but about being sure of yourself

Even if that meant being slower than all of the others around you

It was as if, by magic, her world made sense again

Her pace was steady and her mind clearer

'No, it isn't a race, in fact, my dreams are even nearer,'

While the rest of the world stayed consumed in speed and quantity

The girl truly knew, that

Life was about slowing down and focusing

On staying true to where and what you wanted to be

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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