“If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done”
This really reminds me of “do what you always did, get what you always got.” I guess they are basically the same thing. Anyways, that is one of my all time favorites. This automatically brings something to my mind… but we aren’t going to go there. One thing that I have personally noticed about myself before is that I go in cycles. I like to stick to things that I know. When I learn new things, I tend to take a step forward…but wait around until the next step finds me. I don’t tend to look for it… could this be why I feel like I am stuck at times? Probably.
“Nothing holds you back more than your own insecurities”
Boy, if this isn’t true… Today I drove a four-wheeler for the first time ever…I’m 21 years old. Kind of crazy right? Why had I never driven one before? Because I was too scared to ever try it. Unfortunately, this is not a rare moment for me, I tend to let my fears get the better of me. I have gotten better as I have gotten older, but I do have to say, this trait has stopped me from enjoying a lot of opportunities in my life.
“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”
I have to say, I think about Occupational Therapy at least once a day. Something, somewhere, always reminds me of my dream job. Lately, I’ve been letting myself get in the way of my dream. I’m too tired, I’m too lazy, and I’m too busy to be studying. The best way for me to get over these moments of helplessness is to text Shelby. She doesn’t sugar coat anything for me, she straight up tells me if I don’t get my act together then I won’t get into Grad school… and guess what? She is 100% right. Honestly, I need to get my head out of my ass. I put so much effort and energy into my health, relationships, and friendships… I need to be putting more effort into EVERYTHING I can’t stop thinking about. I can’t stop thinking about my boyfriend? I’ll show him that. I can’t stop thinking about hanging out with Rachel? I’ll call her. I can’t stop thinking about how much I miss someone? I will tell them. I can’t stop thinking about being an Occupational Therapist? I WILL PROVE THAT I CAN BE ONE.
“I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice that yours is greener”
I used to have an issue with comparison…especially with fitness. I used to think, “well, they started at the same time I did, and they are here and I am there…” What other people are doing is none of my business. I have decided to let go of this demon. Whenever I see a fitness post or I walk by someone in the gym that looks good, I will acknowledge the positives of the situation. If there is a girl looks really good? I am proud of her, she worked her butt of to get where she is. If there is a transformation picture that makes my jaw drop? I will comment and tell them how proud I am of them! BECAUSE I AM! I am happy for people who can reach their overall fitness goals. There is no comparison in a holistic lifestyle, we should all be coming together and propelling each other forward, not bringing each other down.
“It’s not the future that you’re afraid of. It’s repeating the past that makes you anxious”
Yes and no. I believe that yes, sometimes we are afraid to try something because last time we did… the situation did not go as planned. But I can also say from personal experience that I make up scenarios in my head, and that is what makes me anxious. Blocking these scenarios out is troubling, but definitely worth the effort. I have gotten good at taking deep breaths and letting go of the negative energy. Just like everything else, it takes discipline and practice.
“You have to get lost before you can find yourself”
Well, I do have to say, on April 4, 2013, I lost a piece of myself…a very big piece to be exact. When I lost my Grandma, I lost almost every ounce of faith I thought I still had. I lost my love for health. I lost my will to give effort in school. But out of this tough time… I also found so much in myself. I found that I NEED to focus on my health to stay sane. I found that helping others is what makes me smile. I found my best friend… someone who just gets me. I lost so much, but I also learned so much about myself. Grandma, you are the biggest gift that heaven has ever received and I still miss you just as much as I did on April 4th, 2 years ago.
“I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say because of you, I didn’t give up”
Today when Rachel and I were leaving Wal-Mart, I ran into an old friend. I’ve known Daniel for years; we went to elementary school, middle school, and high school together. He told me that he had been meaning to talk to me about my blog. As soon as we got into Wal-Mart, Rach punched me. She mocked me and said; “only 5 people ever read my blog!” She’s right. You’re right Rach. Not only 5 people read my blog. I have no idea how many people read this thing… all I do know is that I am thankful for every single one of you. People tell me all the time that I motivate them or inspire them, but in reality they are the ones inspiring and motivating me. Daniel, you made my day, thank you for reading this.
“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence”
Oh man, this just reminds me of the concert last night. (Rachel got us tickets to the Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge concert last night…amazing by the way.) When Rachel and I got into the pit, we were probably 3 rows behind. By the time the concert started, we could nearly touch the stage. Rach and I did not stop moving forward until we got to be where we wanted to be. We even joked about how persistent we are, we don’t give up when we want something. If you ask me, that’s a good trait to have. (Yes, I do have to say, that is where I get a TON of my annoying qualities from!!)
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase just to take the first step”
This is probably one of my worst qualities. Too many times, I try to find the end game before even stepping up to the plate. I overanalyze, overthink, and probably go too far sometimes. One thing (especially lately) that I have been trying to work on, is taking baby steps. Giving situations time to grow. It is true; you don’t need to know the end scenario just to give it a shot. I am such a big advocate in believing that the happiness a situation can bring you will always override the sadness it could potentially bring you. Take the leap of faith, right?
That’s about all I have for tonight… I need to get back to studying.