Your Best is Good Enough

Your Best Is Good Enough

Nobody’s life is perfect.


It's hard to feel like you are good enough in college. I always feel like I could have done better. I just see all these people succeeding around me and I need to be doing as well as them. The truth is nobody is doing as well as you think.

That student is making amazing grades, but he has hardly any friends. And that girl makes it look like her life is picture perfect with her posts on Instagram, but she is struggling to keep things together offline. There is no doubt it is hard to balance everything in your life especially with college. There is studying, maintaining a social life, working, health, and possibly even bills. Some people just look like they have it all together, but trust me, most don't. It's easy in theory to think that, but it is hard to actually believe it. For example, when tests are being passed back and the guy next to you went camping the weekend before an exam. He still somehow made an A, even though you couldn't find time to go on a date with your s/o. It's hard the constant pressure to do better, but yet nothing is good enough.

Even if I make an A in a class, I never feel fully satisfied and happy with my effort. There is always I could have done...and I should have not done...going through my head. I just see everyone else and I need to be 'successful' like them. I need to do and be better. What I have begun to realize is that doing your best is living a successful life. You can't be better than your best in that moment and that's okay. You are the only person who should hold expectations for yourself, but don't let those expectations belittle you. Nobody is living the perfect life you think they are. People see you and think that everything is amazing in your life, but you know that there are still struggles.

It is time to accept yourself and your limits. It is time to learn that there is no perfect life and that your best will always be good enough.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Poetry On The Odyssey: You Don't Control Me

If I could speak to my anxiety, here is what I'd say.



You have controlled my life for way too long.

My constant fears hold me back from so many things I want to be able to do.

Your presence makes me a person I don't want to be.

You make me feel scared and alone when I know that I am not alone.

You don't control me.

I am not free to be myself when you are around.

There is no use for you, and you should be ashamed for making me feel sick, nervous, fearful, not good enough.

You have been a little monster, harboring inside of me for my whole life.

Whispering "You can't do that" in my ear when I dare to get out of my comfort zone.

You don't control me.

I am fully capable of doing great things and living without you.

I have a wonderful support system of people who believe in me and help me crush you every day as you deserve.

I will be brave, be bold, enjoy life more.

This is me saying "Sayonara Anxiety."

You don't control me.

I am going to take my life back from your filthy grip.

I am going to live the life I've dreamt of.

I am going to be adventurous and take risks.

I am going to be myself.

You don't control me.

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