Sometimes You Just Have To Let Go

Sometimes You Just Have To Let Go

Keeping the balance is the key to a happy life.
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I am an absolute pro at stressing over the smallest things. Lying in bed at night, I will stress about what shoes I will wear with my outfit and wondering if they will match. There’s no need to worry about that at 12 am, but that’s just what I do. I will also sit in class and stress about all the things I need to get done that day, when I can’t do anything about it right then.

Over the years I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to let go. This can be letting go of a class that is just too much, letting go of a task on your to-do list or letting go of a friend that isn’t much of a friend anymore. It’s important to learn this lesson before life gets to be too much.

My wise dad has always taught me to keep the balance. I’m grateful to have learned this lesson young, because it’s saved me from having extra stress in my life. Whenever I was stressing over all the homework I had to do, even though I’d been working on homework all day, he would come in my room and say, “Remember to keep the balance kid”. This can be taken in various ways. Sometimes it meant a five-minute break and other times it meant to go hang out with my friends for the night. It’s all about making sure your life is balanced and you’re not stressing yourself out too much.

Keeping the balance is just like letting go. Sometimes you have to let go of that homework assignment because you’re just so exhausted. There have been so many nights where I’m burnt out from school work that I wouldn’t do an assignment because I physically couldn’t do anymore. I was so worried that because of missing that one assignment, I would be a failure in life. Here I am, years later, and I’m doing just fine.

Letting go of a friend can be hard. You love them and don’t want to end a friendship, but some friendships are more bad than good. When a friendship becomes draining to you, it needs to end. There is no reason to hurt and be used in a friendship. Letting go of a friend can sometimes be the best thing you can do for yourself. It’s okay to be selfish sometimes because you need to take care of yourself.

The most important thing to remember is to take care of yourself. Being aware of the situations you’re in and how you react to these situations is the first step to being a better person. Letting go of that assignment that is stressing you out to the point that you want to cry or quitting the sports team because it’s more stress than fun is an important lesson to learn. Cutting out the things that are holding you back from being the best you can be will benefit you in the long run, and will make life easier.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Don't Forget, You Are More Than Your Grades

As school is in full swing and life gets harder, this is just a reminder that you are not what school says about you.

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As we are all in full swing of school, it's easy to lose track of who you are. It's easy to let school overwhelm you, forget what you love to do most and to forget your true value. I know, for me at least, that as soon as I get busy I am overwhelmed and don't know how to carry on with my usual personality. It's easy for me to shut myself off to everyone until the stress passes. But the truth is, stress is never going away. It will always be there. It's how you cope with it that molds who you are.

One thing I have to constantly remind myself of is that school is only a small, tiny portion of your life. How you perform on one test is no reason for you to feel down about yourself. It's over; there is nothing you can do about it. You need to assess what happened and move on. You owe it to yourself to move on from it so you can do better the next go around.

Moreover, you need to have time for yourself. Do a little online shopping, run some errands, whatever makes you happy. Time by yourself is so important, and it gives you that reassurance that you are okay. Life will go on. Just time to yourself to reflect on what's going on can be so beneficial.

Also, having good friends that can help you get your mind off of things is always a plus. They will carry on as nothing happened and will want you to as well. They don't have to know what's going on in your personal life. Just being with them will give you that re-humanizing effect. Laughing with your friends, working out, or even just eating a meal together can always turn your day right around.

PAMPER YOURSELF!! I am all about a good hair mask or a face mask whenever things get rough. This also gives you that time to yourself as well, helping you feel good about yourself again. When life gets hard, you are the first person to beat up on. It's easy to think that you are the problem with everything. So when you pamper yourself, you look good, and you feel good. This is more beneficial than anything.

In the grand scheme of life and school, one of the most important things to remember is that you are more than the four years in college or in high school. You have aspirations, hopes, family, and friends that see you as so much more than an ID number or a letter grade. You are a person who has hobbies, a great personality, and there is no other person on this earth who is like you. God made you to be yourself. School (and other life problems) are just a bump in the road. At the end of the day, there is a God that made you in his image, and He thought the world needed someone like you to make it better. You are more than what gossip is said about you, grades, feuds with friends, or whatever other problems are in your life at this time. You are more.

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