The middle of life, wherever you are, can be a hard place to be.
When you're not seeing the results of what you have been working at for so long, it can be hard to continue.
This is my encouragement to you, wherever you are.
I know the struggle of not seeing the good of continuing, doing the same thing day in and day out. There seems to be no forward movement or any reason to continue. As humans, we want to see that what we're doing is doing SOMETHING. Otherwise, why would we continue? It is the same reason people give up on working out so early. Our new year resolutions don't stick because we aren't seeing results and don't remember why we started.
When I started in school, I always wanted to be successful at what I did and get into a good college.
When I started running, I wanted to be fast and get in shape.
When I started to make friends, I wanted to be everyone's friend and be easy to talk to.
When I did not see any progress, I gave up on things.
As the end of high school came nearer, I just remembered that I have another four to eight years of schooling following this. As I am no longer able to run, I wondered why I started in the first place and how challenging it is going to be to get back to where I was.
However, I also remember the feelings associated with working each day toward something bigger than the 24 hour period of my day. Each day I am given 24 hours to sleep, eat, and work towards my goals. I can use those hours to lie in bed and grumble about getting out of bed and complain about going to school, practice, homework, stare at my phone and whatever else there is in my day.
OR I could use that time to start my day off remembering what I am working towards. I still want to be successful at what I do in the future. Whether it is a lawyer, majoring in neuroscience/psychology, or exercise science. I don't know how long I get on this earth and goals take time to reach.
We want things to show progress, feel like we're making a difference. But to make a difference we have to make a change and continue for more than a couple weeks at it.
After all, no flower grows within a 24 hour period. Water those seeds and continue to nurture them even if you don't see the progress taking place underground.