Life Is Like Calculus, You Can't Skip The Fundamental Steps

Life Is Like Calculus, You Can't Skip The Fundamental Steps

Calculus is hard. Life is hard.


You know what is hard? Calculus. It involves numbers, symbols, letters, strategies and formulas. You can't learn it overnight and I assure you if you try the night before an exam it won't end up being a very good day for you. Calculus takes time, commitment, attention, and a little bit of spark for that "ah ha" moment to ring in your head. Once you have it down, you feel confident and all the new challenges that come along with problems and solutions just makes sense and they become easier to work out because you took the steps to actually understand it. You can't learn multiplication and division without addition and subtraction. You just can't. You can't skip those fundamental steps and still learn what it is that you are trying to accomplish.

That is why we are missing the big picture. Calculus is hard, but so is life. So, if we can't skip steps in math then how does it make sense to skip steps which are critical for our wellbeing. We forget to sleep a normal amount, eat healthy, drink water, and occasionally to just stop and breathe. Then we spend 8-12 hours a day working or worrying and exhausting our bodies until we get sick. It is because we skipped the steps.

Don't get me wrong, I am notorious for overloading my workload. For anyone who knows me, I love to stay busy and crave the adrenaline rush from a deadline. I am blessed to do what I love all day every day from my job to my educational career and that is rare, especially for someone my age. So, I take full advantage and say yes to every opportunity, right? I am supposed to always keep myself busy so that I get everything done right? Sleep isn't that important right? A year ago, I would have agreed with all those statements but today I sit before this laptop and can only think, "what the heck is wrong with me".

See when you are in the zone, you never want to get out, and you avoid all the signals that you are passing by. It is like speeding down a freeway going 300 mph and you can't pay attention to anything else around you, so you avoid all the "Danger Ahead" signs which are literally spelled out in front of you. We pass by the signs because we think that they will slow us down but in reality, they will help us avoid the destruction we are setting ourselves up for.

I have been so in tune with my work that I will go days without eating, without drinking anything, without sleeping, and I won't even realize until I am passed out on my computer and wake up to my stomach summoning me. We have all done it before. Maybe not to the extent I have let myself get to, but everyone has at some point pushed themselves to exhaustion that they try to pick up the pieces when it is too late.

Gaining weight is the best example where people will complain while continuing to put junk into their bodies until they freak out and go on a diet and over exercise since they didn't balance it out all along. We go from one extreme to the other and that is when our body is in shock and rejects the help we are giving it.

It is like calculus. When you mess up on one of the steps you can't just work around it. You have to start from the beginning and work your way up to your final solution. Only then will you get the best results and learn not to skip the fundamental steps.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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