The Paw Print
From time to time, it’s very easy to lose hope on a situation in life. It is important to persevere and continue strong in the path we want to pursue. When times get rough, one must remember the finish line, the goal that stands within reach. Nike really got it right when they came up with the slogan, “Just do it.” Just grow up, put your big boy pants on and do it. Don’t give up. As crazy as your dream might seem, go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t when, really, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Many times we set up different plans and scenarios in our head in case things don’t work out. I myself am guilty of this. I tell myself that maybe if my dream of becoming a doctor doesn’t become a reality, maybe I can chose a different career, or win the lottery, or even just marry rich… Now I know winning the lottery isn’t likely at all, but hey it seems like the easy way out, which is what “plan B’s” consist of, the easy way out. But will the easy way out bring us happiness? Will we be able to live the rest of our lives with the second option we picked for ourselves? I think the answer is no. We will not be happy because there will always be the “what if’s” that the future might bring. What if I would have kept going? What if you would have made it? The “what if’s” in life make us think that life would be so different had we stuck to the original plan.
Instead of making a plan B, just stick to your plan A. Instead of thinking of other options, think of possible solutions and strategies to help you reach your original goal. Let’s say for example plan A is the big dream you’ve had since kindergarten, when you pursue it, it’s like you’re reaching for the gold. If instead you decide to give up and go with plan B it’s like you traded your gold for silver. It’s as if you were running a race and were in the lead and then at the first sight of trouble, you give up and give the lead to someone else. Keep running the race. Yes the obstacles will come, they are inevitable. But what define us as people are not the obstacles in our life, but instead how we decide to overcome them.
So next time you feel inclined to give up, don’t. Keep going. There is not a thing you won’t be able to accomplish if you put your all in it. Keep the faith. Don’t stop until you reach the finish line. In the end, gold is worth a lot more than silver.