God Has Made My Life Into A Beautiful Mess, And I’m OK With That

God Has Made My Life Into A Beautiful Mess, And I’m OK With That

Life can get chaotic when you are a full time student, big sister, peer tutor, and social butterfly.

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My name is Olivia Agnes Basant. I am a senior at UWG double majoring in Psychology and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I have aspirations of becoming a clinical hematologist/oncologist. I'm a friend, daughter, granddaughter, and big sister to 5 little ones who love to create mischief and laughter with me. I am proud of my Indian heritage and I seek to embrace my culture and identity in new ways every day.

Above all else, I'm just a girl who loves her family, school, and all that life has to offer-- even the heartbreaking moments because I fervently believe that there is meaningfulness in all that we experience.

When people first meet me, they usually assume that I am Hindu because of my heritage. However, I am not, yet I am quite humbled to say that I was raised in a household that taught me to cherish, worship, and be proud of my heritage. I was born to parents who immigrated to the USA when they were kids.

They are the best parents any kid could ever ask for. I know I wouldn't be the woman I am today without their guidance, patience, everlasting love, and reassurance that God has a plan for us all. It brings great comfort to me to believe that there is some higher authority mapping out our lives, but then again, that's just my belief. Moreover, who is that girl that's behind the screen, writing what may seem like meaningless platitude?

Life can be chaotic, fast, and overwhelming for all. From the advent of adulthood, we have college classes, residence life, bills, car payment, tuition, relationship, employment, and we often seem to lose sight of ourselves amidst the chaos. How can you find a harmonious melody of all the demands that ever-so-slightly loom in the distance? I cannot speak for all, but I certainly can speak for myself.

Although I may not reconcile with the commitments and diligence that others may possess, I can certainly tell you that managing face-to-face classes and online classes simultaneously, working as a tutor, delving into extracurricular clubs, and all while striving to manage a bond with my loved ones and family is arduous. However, doesn't love to make us do wild things? I love my life and I am so proud to say that I absolutely love the craziness that I get to call my life.

It has taught me how to grow up. To be independent. To become more outgoing. To become the person that I want to be (for myself and for others, too). I can recall from the earliest of my adolescent years rebelling against my parents, so desperately fighting for a chance to be "grown-up" and never accepting that I simply wasn't there yet. I had a bad habit of comparing myself to others, but you can't compare apples to oranges.

They're both fruits, but they are not alike. Similarly, other people are humans, but they aren't you. I have my struggle. I struggled for so long learning to drive and it used upset me seeing all of my friends get their license so quickly, while I was stuck behind the wheel learning. Remember that you are not the product of the circumstances you are subjected to but are rather a product of the decisions you make.

Ask yourself whether or not the choices you are making today are conducive to paving the path for your success. Nothing worth having comes easy in life; what you put in is what you get out. This truism has rung through in all aspects of my life: friendships, education, and acquiring new skills.

By the time you have reached this point in my article, I hope my candid perspective has inspired you to some degree. I hope you always remember to LOVE yourself and to RESPECT yourself. Despite the disparity that some situations may bring, I hope you never lose the ability to find beauty and goodness in all that meets you. Life never stops moving forward, and neither should anyone.

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5 Things To Do When Your Professors Challenge Your Beliefs As A Christian

As long as you know God is FOR you, it doesn't matter who is AGAINST you.

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Being a Christian in our world today is very, very challenging. There are many misconceptions about our beliefs and our morals, as well as people who believe we don't practice what we preach.

As a college student, I've come across many professors who enjoy challenging my beliefs due to the "lack of evidence" or the "impossibility" of the circumstances. While it frustrates me to no end, I've had to learn that arguing and debating with people who don't believe in God is pointless. They aren't going to change their mind and there's no way a college student is going to change that.

Arguing will get you nowhere, people are going to believe what they want to believe and we can't change that. Instead of trying to debate with your professors, do these five things instead. I assure you, you'll get much more out of them than an argument.

1. Pray

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Pray to God to help you and your belief remain strong, but also pray that the Holy Spirit finds them and touches their heart. A heart that isn't filled with God is an awfully sad one.

2. Acknowledge that people don't always agree with your beliefs

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If someone tried to convince you that God isn't real, you're not going to listen to their points or anything else that they have to say. Acknowledge that people think differently and sometimes you can't change that. Only God can.

3. Drop the class

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This is really a last resort, but it's also understandable. I would hate to have to sit in a class where I felt personally attacked for over an hour each day. If you find yourself in this position, get OUT.

4. When things get too difficult-- bathroom break

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Sometimes all you really need is a breather. When the lecture gets too tough, ask to go to the bathroom, get some water, and say a prayer.

5. Read your Bible

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This is the most important one. Your bible has all of the answers, no matter the circumstance. If you find yourself unable to cope with the challenges the professor presents to you, open the bible and start reading. God will fill your heart and put your mind at ease.

It's hard enough feeling out of place in today's society, just because of your beliefs. Then to have someone constantly challenging everything you base your life off of? That's even more difficult!

But instead of arguing, choose one of these five things to do. It will be a much better use of your time and you'll feel much better about it than you would by arguing with someone.

Who knows, maybe one day God will touch their heart and things will be different. God's pretty powerful and can change things in an instant. Trust him.

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Finding The Right People To Go Through Life With Makes All The Difference

Life is hard enough, why make it worse by going through it alone?

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There are so many things that we go through every day — loss, celebration, success, love — and whether they are good or bad it's hard carrying them alone. In the cases that are good, we want people to share in our joy with us and in cases that are bad, we want people to help us carry the burden so that it's not so bad. Having people in our life makes going through all the things life throws at us that much easier.

Anybody with great friends will tell you that they don't know what they would do without them. They make hard days better and great days more amazing and they are literally God-sent. There is no specific place to find these friends, but you do find them you'll know. You'll hold on tight and never let go. Because those are your people.

Don't make the mistake of choosing "quantity over quality" or of thinking that you don't need anyone else in your life because although that might work for you right now, you'll regret it down the road. Don't forget to appreciate the people you have in your life right now because they are the ones that make this thing called life just a little bit easier.

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