Why It's OK To Give Up

Why It's OK To Give Up

Giving up isn't forever, but just simply for a moment so you can catch your breath.

It's ok.

As the semester has come to a close, it's easy to feel bad about your failures. Coming from experience, giving up can be the best thing to do sometimes, even though from birth we are taught that we should never give up. Some people don't see the obstacles though. Whether you failed a class this semester or lost/quit a job, or whatever it may be, just know that it's going to be okay and that you have every right to give up.

When it comes to classes, it can be tough. Sometimes we give up or fail a class because we don't have the time or motivation, or life simply gets in the way and we are forced to give up what we want most. And that's fine.

Just be sure to gain a lesson from the way you react to your failures. Too many people get caught up in their failures that they don't see the opportunities that are right in front of them. They think that because they've given up that they can't pick everything back up and try again, but you can.

Failure comes to everyone.

Some of the biggest successors in the world came from failure and trial and error. Take Oprah or Einstein for example. Neither of these people had great lives or ideas of what they would soon become in their later years. They even failed multiple times, but that is what makes you succeed.

And it's because of these failures that you appreciate the victories later on. Giving up doesn't mean that you have quit everything. It simply means that you are a human who has needs that need to be met and are more important than a class you can't keep up with or a toxic job that you work for. Mental and physical health should come first and if giving up is the only solution to better your health, then give up.

Being in college is hard. Expect to fail. Expect to give up. It's completely natural and more common than you think. Even if you've never failed or given up before, you will now. You will soon understand the hardships of battling classes with work, extracurricular activities, bills, a social life and whatever else that you may do.

And these things may seem small, and they can be, but they feel the worst when it comes to giving up. It almost seems as though you can't even keep up with the small things in your life. But don't let that stop you either. This part of your life is a time of learning about yourself and what you can and can't handle. When enough becomes enough.

Appreciate these moments in life where you give up and fail because when the time comes and you succeed, you will understand that this was simply just a small milestone in your life that you overcame.

Just remember to learn from your failures, however small or big they may be, and to try.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Both my roommate and I got the flu and it was not fun at all. I was lucky to only miss two classes, although she did miss more. But that does not mean I didn't suffer.

There were plenty of times where I knew I should get up and keep working but it felt as if my body would not allow it. Walking from place to place took longer. I got tired faster. Math problems took double, if not more, time to do. We both were constantly disinfecting everything we could.

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