An Open Letter To Anyone Who Thinks They Are Being Left Behind

An Open Letter To Anyone Who Thinks They Are Being Left Behind

"Knowing how to laugh at yourself instead of blaming for your own weaknesses will make you happier. No one’s perfect after all." -Mickey Mouse
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Hi,

We don't know each other very well, in fact, we might actually be complete strangers. I decided to write this because I have just recently had an epiphany and I feel that it is necessary to share what I have learned with everyone and anyone whom will read this. At one point or another, we all feel stuck, weighed down, or just unhappy. We have this- what we think is an irrational fear, that life is moving on without us, leaving us behind in the process of progression. We are at that age where nothing is certain, we are heading toward a future that we know nothing about, so it's completely normal to feel adrift at this point in your life. You are seeing your friends and peers are moving forward while you are left feeling stagnant. I am here to assure you that those people that you are seeing moving on to bigger and better things they were in the exact place you are at one point in their lives.

We are living in a time where we want the quickest fix to our problems, we don't want to wait days, weeks or heaven forbid months to see results. Sadly, no amount of pinteresting inspirational quotes, or watch endless Ted talks about motivation and inspiration will spark a change, and I say this from experience. One of the most important life lessons that I have taught myself is that the only person that can inspire you is yourself. You have the power within you to change, but you have to want it. You can't do it just because a quote on pinterested told you because then you wouldn't be doing it for yourself .

Secondly, the moment that you accept that we are all human beings, and not machines your life will be so much easier. It's not possible to find motivation out of nothing, if you don't have it, then you just don't have it. We as people cannot be going constantly 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There will be days when you'll hit a wall and you can't muster up the energy to get out of bed. Life is constantly throwing you curve balls and sometimes you will handle them better than others. It doesn't make you lesser of a person if you crumble under the pressure- it makes you human.

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, there are things that are just simply out of our control. You could wake up at the crack of dawn every day until you can't function. You can sit down and commit hours to a project and still get nothing done. If you haven't foud "the one" maybe it's because there is a part of yourself that you don't even know about yet. All I can say is, if it's not the right to for something, it's just not the right time, then there isn't much you can do about it. The more you try to force yourself into something else or force something out of you the less motivated and inspired you will become. We are in the habit of trying to manipulate our lives into something that it isn't, there is no shortcut to being successful. Every person's journey is different so don't think because you are taking longer, or haven't taken the same steps doesn't mean that you're living your life the wrong way.

My advice to you is, if you are feeling left behind don't wait for someone else to pick you up, only you can pick yourself up. Take a step back and evaluate what needs to change, rather than have a panic attack, go back to bed and watch Friends on Netflix all day. There is no real "normal life" each person is on a different path than you are that is specific to their own hopes and dreams so you have to figure out wich path is best for you.

Good luck,

Kelsey

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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

I know this is a hard one.

11. Try fitness classes. 

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