You Are Alive For A Reason

You Are Alive For A Reason

Just because you haven't found it yet, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
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You are here for a reason. Plain and simple. That's why you're alive. That's why you must continue to live, and that's why you must fight for your life. Your reason may not be obvious to you; it may not be something you inherently know from the start. You may not discover your reason until much later in life. It may even become clear that you have several reasons for being alive. It's okay to make up your own reasons, too.

Your reason(s) may or may not be simple; they could be to serve a purpose, a person, and that person could be yourself. It's OK if that person is yourself. That's not to say that I'm encouraging you to be selfish, but rather self-serving. Putting your own happiness and interests first isn't vile or rude; it's human nature. If, perhaps, your happiness is reflective off of others' happiness, then being self-serving really isn't a crime at all.

If you find that your reason for being here is to serve some sort of purpose, know that it's okay to change that purpose. If, for example, your parents had you so they could have an extra hand on the farm, that doesn't mean you couldn't leave and become successful elsewhere. Though everyone has a purpose in life, you are never limited to that purpose, and therefore, you can always change your reasons for being alive, and your reasons for living.

We were all placed here on Earth to change something. We are destined to fulfill the reasons we are here even if they change. Everyone can change the world even if the world we change belongs to just one person. The population thrives on progression, and all of us are a team. We help one another to realize their passions, ambitions, and reasons for fighting. We are a machine that cannot work without all of the parts acting in unison.

If you ever feel lost or alone, know that you are not either of those things. Life is full of twists and turns that will shake you up. Know that when you fall down, it is one hundred percent OK to rest on the ground before you attempt to get back up.

It is so incredibly easy to become bogged down by the pressures and demons of everyday life. It is easy to think that there is nothing out there for you especially when you let the darkness consume you. No matter how many demons drag you down, know that there will be twice as many hands to pull you back up. If you don't see any hands, look elsewhere.

Don't give up because you are unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Do not give up because you cannot see success in your future. Stand tall, stand strong, and never stop asking for help. Your light is there. Your future is there, and you will find your success where you least expect to.

You were put on this earth for a reason. Just because you haven't found it yet doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Just because you feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders, does not mean that people will not help. All you have to do is ask.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.
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It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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Mental Health Awareness Needs To Be 24/7

If you are struggling with your mental health please ask for help.
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Every year, since 1949, Mental Health Awareness has been celebrated in the month of May.

Even though it has been celebrated every year I've been alive, this is the first year that I knew about it. Mental health can be a tricky topic due to the stigma that has been placed on it, but this article will be completely stigma-free and hopefully give courage to someone out there to ask for the help they need or show that people who struggle with their mental health should not be categorized negatively compared to others.

Our brain has a way of playing tricks on us sometimes. At times it makes us feel like we are on top of the world and nothing can touch us, and at others, it convinces you that everyone in your life has been lying about the way they feel about you and that you're really just alone. I've gone through both instances within hours of one another. For anyone reading I just want you to know that doesn't make you crazy, it makes you human.

As a world, we need to become more accepting of the fact that everyone's brain works differently.

If people are sensitive don't tell them that they take things too personally or that they're overreacting. It's not a nice thing to do. We also need to acknowledge that just because someone may have a mental illness does not mean they may be much different than you. Obviously, it is always nice to be considerate of the fact that everyone has different life circumstances, but to treat people as if they are below you due to their illness is wrong.

We also have to stray away from the thought that depression and anxiety are the only two mental illnesses. Unfortunately, people deal with bipolar disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, etc. and as a society, we have to be more accepting to people who struggle with those illnesses and validate the way that they feel.

For anyone that has a mental illness, diagnosed or undiagnosed, I stand by you wholeheartedly. Don't ever let anyone make you feel crazy or make you feel as though your feelings are unwarranted because you don't need permission to feel the way you do. But also if you need help of any kind please take the steps to ask for it. Whether it is taking medication, going to therapy, calling a suicide hotline, or just talking with a friend, asking for help can really make all the difference.

Life is a constantly evolving cycle. Nothing stays the same forever and bad days will eventually turn into good ones. Your life is worth living and if you ever feel otherwise please call 1-800-273-8255 . You matter.

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