You Need To Stop Accepting Average

You Need To Stop Accepting Average

Anything worth working for is not going to be easy.
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It is easy to blend into the wall at a party. It is easy to accept the friendships with your classmates or coworkers you see every day. It is easy to get average grades. It is easy to take the shortcut home. It is easy to accept what the world throws at us, but are really all these easy things acceptable or worth it?

I didn't and still don't choose to stand out at parties. I don't aim to be the center of attention, but I want to be more than an observer. I talk, I laugh, I dance (only if there is music) and I join in the festivities. It is no fun to sit on the side and blend in. Why accept the average experience when it could be fun and memorable?

As I have grown up, I have realized I do not need to be friends with people just because it is convenient. Friendships that have lasted for years no matter your schedules or your distance have shown me real friends. I do not need to force friendships or force myself to fit into a group of so-called friends in every new community I join. I appreciate my associates and we get along, but I don't expect them to pick up their phone for me at 4 a.m. or expect us to go on a spontaneous weekend road trip together. I love my friendships and I wouldn't trade them for the world.

I was an average high school student who found her love in college. I found a field that I love to study, and I constantly emerge myself in my industry. I absolutely love my major and I know it was made perfectly for me. Education is important. Pushing yourself makes you stronger. Find the degree that you love to learn about. Don't accept just Cs. You are an excellent student and have so much potential.

Sometimes I switch up my drive home. I change the scenery and admire the little town I reside in. It is easy to take the same route home every. single. day. Life is not all about the fast lane. You do not want to just live in a rut your whole life. All roads somehow lead to home, so why not take a bit of a detour?

Sometimes the world is unfair. Sometimes the world has thrown me down or tosses unexpected events in my lap. I just got up, dusted myself off and showed the world I wasn't going to break from it. I am a warrior in this world. I am not going to be lost in the sea of the universe. I am going to make a difference in this world.

We all have the same hours in a day. We all have obstacles to face. Stop accepting what is convenient and easy. You are capable of so much more than you know. You can challenge yourself. You can change your perspective and your look on the world. You are not an average soul.

You shouldn't just accept the average because you are not.

Cover Image Credit: Jennifer Wunder

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