The Unexpected Feeling That Comes When You Start To Achieve Your Goals

The Unexpected Feeling That Comes When You Start To Achieve Your Goals

This is the article I needed at 13 years old, so I’m writing it now

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There are few moments in a person's life that call for widespread celebration and within those moments are one billion flecks of emotions. These emotions come so quick and fast like lightning bolts you sometimes can't grasp them; can't put a name to them. All you know is that they take up your entire being and exude from every pore. It is joy that can not be contained in simple adjectives and contentment that almost feels too good to be true. I say these emotions come in times of celebration because it is those times in which we have reached a new milestone. It is where we often take a deep breath, look at how far we've come and also how much further we are willing to go which can be rather bittersweet.

I have had the privilege of being endlessly celebrated these past couple weeks by a support system like no other. I have been celebrated by teachers who wish me luck on future endeavors, by friends who share my pride in all I've achieved but hate to see me go and by family who care for me in indescribable ways. The summer before college has proved to be one extravagant memorialization of both my past accomplishments and future goals. I am exactly where I want to be in life and could not be happier, which is why I found it rather odd that I could not stop crying. In a storm of emotions that I have been grasping at, it seemed I could only collect tears.

It simply made no sense and for someone who is rather good with words, it is so frustrating to be unable to define what I was feeling.

Just last weekend, I had my family graduation party. It was nothing spectacular, exactly what you would expect from a family get together. Card after card, hug after hug, "i love you" after "i love you." With each token of affection my heart seemed to swell much like the tears in my eyes. When the day was over and I began to say my goodbyes, I turned to my Aunt and gave her the usual hug and kiss but when she pulled away I noticed her expression had fallen. She thought this moment was the real goodbye, the last time I'd see her before going across the country for school. I quickly reassured her that it wasn't and all the light seemed to reenter the room. I left and thought to myself: "Who would have thought that one day I'd be this happy and feel this loved?" And that was it. The emotion that I was grasping that pulled tears from my eyes every moment it could. It turns out, there's actually a word for it.

ÉNOUMENT:

the bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self

In our lowest of lows, we dream of better days. Énoument is the exact rush of bittersweet joy you receive when you realize you are living amongst the better days. I am beyond proud of the person I am today but I ache for the person I once was, my younger self who thought I might not be able to make it this far. In these instants of celebration, I wish my former self could see that the lows made for some incredible, incredible highs.

As my own personal form of closure with these feelings, If I could go back in time and speak to 13 year old me, I would say:

"One day you are just going to realize that you made it and you are going to feel so undeniably loved."


Which is what I say to the pieces of myself I see in others. This is the article I wish I had five years ago, so this is the article I am giving to that girl and anyone like her. To my siblings, my friends, anybody who needs to make it through a rough spot, better days are coming and this is your sign.

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Natalia Carbuccia

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10 Quotes To Think About When The Universe Seems Like It's Against You

Finals are upon us and winter is coming, but that doesn't need to mean that you let the melancholy consume you.

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We all have those days when we just don't want to get out of bed. You don't want to go to class or do homework or do your laundry, but alas, those things are our responsibilities and they don't go away because we stay in bed (yay adulting!). Here are 10 quotes to help you out of a slump.

1. "Don't listen to them, they act like they own the world."

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Don't let what other people say or do affect you. People love to stunt as the world revolves around them, but it doesn't actually, regardless of what social media will have you think. Live your life the way that is right for you and don't let anyone make you feel bad about doing what is right for you.

2. “Surround yourself with people who see your value and remind you of it.”

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This one's pretty self-explanatory, but the importance cannot be stressed enough. Someone once told me you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If that is true, make sure you are spending time around good influences, but also, and maybe most importantly, make sure those five people respect and appreciate you and everything you have to offer.

3. “When you start doubting yourself, remember everything you've faced, all the battles you've won, and all of the fears you've overcome.”

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It is easy to forget to cut yourself a break. In the mindset of a constant grind we get caught up in meeting our goals so much that we sometimes forget to turn around and remember where we started. Acknowledge the work you've done to get to where you are and realize that being perfect is not an reasonable expectation for yourself.

4. “One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm.”

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There is always going to be drama. It doesn't go away just because high school is over. The only difference is how you let it affect you. Remember to stay above the turmoil and focus on what is really important. Nothing is more important than your peace of mind.

5. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”

The thing about a bad mood is that it can become all-consuming very quickly. It is unbelievably easy to fall into a cycle of negative thoughts and actions if you aren't very careful. However, if you make a conscious effort every day to think positively and focus on creating a beautiful future, you can avoid falling into said rut.

6. “Day by day, what you do is who you become.”

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If you don't like where you are in your life do something about it. You don't get different results by doing the same thing you've always done. Making a small change in a daily routine can be the start to creating the life you have always wanted.

7. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.”

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Fear is debilitating. It stops progress before it can start. Also, it is temporary and useless. the quicker you take the plunge to do what you've always wanted to do the less time you give your fears to convince you that its not possible. So be like Nike and just do it!

8. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

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You effectively learn nothing from staying within the bounds of what you have always known. When you step out of your comfort zone, you learn about the world and about yourself. One of the most important skills in life is adaptability and staying safely among those things that you already know does nothing to help advance that skill.

9. “Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.”

I'm a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. The good, the bad, the downright awful all shape you into the person you are meant to be. So try to remember that even the darkness will pass and it will leave you with everything you need to proceed into the next challenge of your life with confidence.

10. “Fighters are made, not born.”

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All of the things that these quotes teach remind us that despite the fact that the world may seem gloomy, there is always some silver lining. You have the opportunity to take control of your life. You get to decide whether to try or give up and the correct decision is always to try. Persistence and practice and stamina and support, these are the only things you need in order to create the life you wish to live.

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