You Are A Work In Progress

You Are A Work In Progress

Progress makes perfect.

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In life, we always wonder what's next. We always question who we are, when it's only us getting us getting stuck in our own heads. We debate ourselves at times, even when we don't immediately succeed at something. We freak ourselves out about who we are and why we do things the way we do. We get so caught up in these crazy little things that we forget that it's all just a part of life.

We get so obsessed with the past, and even the future,m that we forget about right now. We don't realize how much right now matters. Right now determines everything. Who we are, how we act, what we do, where we end up. It is in our decisions of each and every moment that impact everything. It sounds crazy, but everything you do impacts how you feel. Whether you end up proud, stressed, tired, or any other feelings you can think of off of the top of your head.

The big thing to realize is that with all this indecision, there is a benefit of sorts. You're questioning things about yourself, not because you're insecure per se, but instead because you want to be the best you possible. Instead of just letting everything deteriorate, you want to be better than you were yesterday and the day before. Don't be fooled into thinking there isn't room for improvement, because there always is. Don't burden yourself with it, but be aware of the importance of it.

We all have those moments. Those moments where we're hypothetically at the end of our rope. It seems too hard to go on, but we find a way. Despite this struggle, we find a reason to keep going. They very pressure we experience because of these moments is how we find our strength and our motivation. The feeling of this strain is just a feeling of progress. It would be weird if we worked towards something and never felt anything. If you never felt anything, you wouldn't want to keep doing it. You'd lose interest because it's not making you feel anything. Everything in life has ups and downs, so it comes with the territory.

We all do our best. We certainly try and there are debatable moments and certain feelings that you can't change. Some things aren't meant to be changed. Some things are meant to remain because without them you wouldn't be you, so you gotta ask yourself "Do I want to be exactly perfect or do I want to be uniquely realistic?" Not to tip the scales, but no one wants to deal with people who try to conform and be ordinary. It is those that take chances and truly find themselves who are the people who are influencing and changing the world for the better.

These people show everyone that you don't have to be what everyone wants you to be. Even so, people will always have an opinion of you, whether that be positive or negative. So, if they'll always have something to say, let them say it. It's in their head, not yours. If they can get into your head, then you're doing something right. Regardless, be who you want to be, not who they want you to be.

Keep making progress and making a difference by being you, it's one ability you're born with, so don't waste it.

You are a work in progress. I am a work in progress. We are all a work in progress.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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Guess What, Everything That Makes You Tired Is Worth It

Life gets to be too much sometimes.

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Every day I hear someone complaining about something bad going on in their lives. I do the same, but not every day. I tend to keep most of my stress and things that bother me to myself. But I do get tired of the situations I place myself in or just life in general.

School, work and my sorority are the main things that make me tired. I am constantly on the go every day. Yes, I do get a break but not for long. I stress about money. I get tired of being busy all the time. I chose to be apart of that busy life. So I have to deal with it. I get in some mental break downs sometimes, but I always build myself back up, by saying "It is worth being tried for." I think about the great outcomes that come with being busy. When you are busy, you are successful. Those problems that hurt you or make you down, well if you are busy, then you will not think so much about them. Make yourself busy to were you can handle it. But, yes I am tired, but it is worth it.

Those situations I put myself in that make me tired of making dumb mistakes, well I enjoy them. It is f'd up that I enjoy hurting myself and sometimes others, but I just do not care sometimes. That is bad. I am tired of feeling regret from satisfaction, but I love it. It is crazy how being young you cannot control yourself until you grow up. That is what I am doing; I am growing up. So yes, I will make mistakes, but I will learn from them. I will be tired of my stupid mistakes, but I will fix them.

You're going to be tired in life. It is okay. Just remember the money you are making, the school work you are doing, and the involvement is worth being tired over. Those dumb decisions that you are slowly or already tired of finding a way to fix it.

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