Why You Shouldn't Give Up

Why You Shouldn't Give Up

You never know what could happen if you try your best and don't give up.
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Things might not be going exactly like you had planned or imagined, but that doesn't necessarily mean that things are wrong, messed up, or bad.

It doesn't really matter what it is. Whether it's a relationship, career, or even something as simple as a club or activity you had planned. If it's not going the way you thought it would, that could actually be a good thing.

Sometimes it's ok if things are different than how you expected them to be. Sure, in the moment it can feel frustrating and upsetting, but it doesn't always have to be that way.

It often depends on how you view the situation. If you try to find the positive in your situation, good thoughts and good things can come from it. You will start to see things differently and have a brighter outlook on what it is you are trying to accomplish and just life in general.

You might want to give up at times. It's not always easy to keep pushing forward, especially when things seem like they aren't working out. Several of the most influential, inspiring, and incredible people who have made a huge impact on others and the world around them have contemplated giving up at one point or another. If they had given up, they wouldn't have made these great accomplishments.

Sometimes, one thing doesn't work out so that a different opportunity could arise, perhaps even a better one. Don't let these opportunities pass you by. Try to just go with it and make the most out of things. The outcome can be better than anything you could have even imagined in the first place. Try to be open to new possibilities.

If you give up, you already know you don't really have a chance of whatever it is that you wanted to work out. But if you hang in there and keep going, you are giving things a chance to work out. You never know, if you really give it your all you can even surprise yourself in what you are capable of doing and achieving.

Ultimately, you have to believe in yourself. Only you can decide what will help motivate you and what will help you stay on track to succeed in doing whatever it is you are set out to accomplish. You can be successful, happy, and do something truly amazing. You just have to trust that you can do it and that things will work out for the best. Take things day by day, even minute by minute, and try your hardest to just let everything happen naturally. Things aren't always going to be easy, but hopefully, they will be worth it. You can do it. Figure out what exactly it is that you want to achieve and then try your best to make it happen.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Your Health Journey Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Perfection takes time.

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When you first start to do something, you have all of the motivation in the world to accomplish that goal set out in front of you, especially when it comes to being healthier. The problem is as you continue through this journey and food and laziness kick in, motivation slips. It's human, and it happens to everyone no matter how physically strong they are.

Trying to be healthier doesn't always mean losing weight. It can be so your knees don't ache as much, so you don't feel as out of breath climbing stairs, or any goal you have set for yourself. Being healthier is personal and different from person to person.

I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of changes I would love to make about myself. From my weight to my body type and many other things about myself inside and out. I am by no means the most confident person about how I look, but I have worked hard for the past year to be an overall healthier person.

Becoming healthier isn't about looking thinner or fitting into a specific size of clothes. It is about taking care of yourself from eating better to working out more. There comes a feeling of confidence in what your body can do if you put a little love in it.

Perfection takes time, and I know firsthand how frustrating trying to be healthier can be.

Pizza tastes so much better than salad. It is so easy to fall into a rhythm of something that seems never to change whether that is your weight or your mile time. Sadly, you can't build a city, or become healthier overnight.

We see people who are thinner, curvier, smarter, faster, and so much more than us. We all waste time comparing ourselves to people around us and on our timelines, but some of our biggest strengths are our individuality and the gift of getting back up after falling down.

All I can say is, please don't give up on your goal of being healthier because this is solely for you. We can have a great support system in the world and have everyone in our corner, but that isn't enough.

You need yourself. You need to know that if you don't entirely put yourself in this journey, then you won't fully succeed. Your commitment to bettering yourself can keep you going even if you want to give up.

Your motivation may not be at its peak level right now, and you may have every cell in your body screaming at you to quit. Don't do it. Prove to yourself that you can keep going no matter what. Not giving up will be worth it. The results and taking the hard way will make you a stronger person inside and out.

You can do this. You can do anything you want to accomplish if you just believe in yourself. You need to understand that becoming healthier takes endurance. There will be periods where you slow down and may not be going at your fastest pace. The difference is that you are not giving up and you are still trying and moving.

Don't treat becoming healthier as a sprint: short term and quick. That mentality will only leave you feeling deflated and defeated. It is a life-long marathon of pacing yourself and pushing yourself further than ever before.

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