"Do one thing every day that scares you."
This quote is often misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but actually originated from Mary Schmich. Its one of those quotes you find in New Year's resolution books or on an older women's Facebook page. However, it is rarely enforced.
When was the last time I did something that scares me or you did something that scares you? I, the young woman who resolved to make this the year of me, cannot remember. I have spent the last few weeks using the words "tomorrow I will start" and "this is the last time I put up with people walking all over me," but can't remember when I actually followed through. I have myself held back because it would be hard, because I wouldn't want to hurt anyone or because I doubt my abilities.
So, are we just a generation of promises that are consistently left empty?
50 percent of marriages fall apart. Presidents do not follow through with all of their stated commitments. And secrets are always eventually revealed. We, as millennials, live in a society where we take the easy way out by not challenging ourselves or others.
But this needs to change. We need to stop lazily putting the pressure on others to follow through while we don't. We need to treat others how we would like to be treated, stand up for ourselves and don't look back. We need to stop doing what is comfortable and start doing what is scary and challenging.
The time is now to break the cycle. It is time to push ourselves to take the risks be stronger, more truthful and kinder people to both ourselves and others.
If one has a passion for writing or painting, why is it that so often he or she majors in pre-med when he or she does not have any interest in it? Why do people stay in jobs or relationships when they are mistreated and under-appreciated instead of finding the fit that values what they have to offer?
I'm guilty of keeping the cycle going. I have told others' secrets, I have broken hearts, I have let others treat me horribly, I make promises to others and myself and broke them — and I very rarely take risks out of fear.
So, today I vow to actually do one thing every day that scares me in order to better myself and our generation. Today, I decide to break the cycle.
If this means I have to stand up to someone for speaking to me in a demeaning manner, find a way to see the world no matter what I leave behind, or change my major at the risk of being happy, yet making less money — I am going to do so.
I will treat others how I wish to be treated and not allow people to walk all over me anymore. I will find an intensely passionate love and not settle for because it is comfortable. I will give back to people even if it's taking the risk they may not give back something in return.
I will take risks to live a fulfilled life, because I am done living in a generation of broken promises instead of facing fears. Posting this, calling out our generation on our bullshit, is terrifying for me. But I start here.
When was the last time we did something that truly scared us? Why are we waiting?