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It's Easier to Give Up

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

Yep, it's easier to give up. That's the whole blog post right there. In fact, you can even close this browser now and go on with your evening because why bother reading anymore when the answer is to just give up...

Wait... You didn't click off this page? You're still here?! Well, I hate to break it to you but you're a rebel and chances are you're going to achieve great things in life. No, not because you're reading this blog but because you don't look like the type to give up that easily.

You might be reading this and thinking, "what the heck is this chick up to?" Believe me, I've asked myself that question a lot lately. But what I'm wanting to write to you about is the fact that it's so easy to give up and go home when the going gets tough or when the day gets monotonous. You put your whole heart into something and yet it doesn't seem to be working out or the results don't seem to be turning out the way you wanted them to. Perhaps your job isn't what it used to be or maybe your co-workers are a lot like Andy and Dwight from the critically acclaimed "The Office".

Perhaps you decided to pursue your passion of becoming an artist but you just can't quite get that perfect cloud in the sky or the exact shade of blue that would cause your canvas to become a masterpiece. Or maybe you're wanting to produce and publish music but for some reason no matter how much you market your songs and network with other artists, you just can't seem to get that support needed to kickstart your career. ARGGGGG!

Frustration kicks in. Your goals are in the shadows now. You approach two roads with one decision to make. You look to your right and you see a long, winding road. There are a few stop signs. A couple of trees to climb. A bridge or two. You might even encounter a troll that would ask you a semi-interesting question that would either qualify or disqualify you from crossing that bridge. The worst part about it is that it's all on FOOT! No car. No AC. Just you and the beautiful sun staring down with its eyes which happens to be a million degrees. Yep, that route seems like the worst route to take BUT it also has a finish line. What's at that finish line? Everything that you've dreamed about and more. All you have to do is get from point A to point B.

Now, you look to your left and to your relief this route is a straight shot. No winding roads. No stop signs. You don't even have to take a pop quiz from Mr. Troll. It's just smooth sailing. There's also a coffee shop two miles down with a charging station so you won't miss what's going on with everyone on Instagram. It's a perfect dream. But could it be that simple? Would this route be too good to be true?

We all face this in life. Whether it's job-related, family-related, or even with our dreams and passions, we face times where the easy route looks so much better to take than the harder one. Even when we know it would be more rewarding, we ignore the difficult road because the easy road looks too good to pass up. I mean come on, coffee and a charging station? Give me my iced latte because I have a status update to make.

No matter what your situation in life may be, quitting always looks like the easiest route to take. You can just throw in the towel and go your way without ever having to think about those problems again... But I must tell you, no matter how far you run away from your problems they'll always be with you unless you deal with them head-on. Always. Even when you quit and give up, you'll live in a constant state of regret and discomfort. Why? Because you'll always wonder what could have been and where you could be.

There were many times where it would have been easier to quit. I could have quit my GED endeavors because I didn't feel adequate enough. I could have quit on my work-study job because I didn't feel smart enough to work alongside other brilliant minds in that field of study. I could have thrown in the towel when it seemed like no one wanted to hire me after the millionth application I sent in. It would have been easier to quit.

Yet, if I would have given up on taking the GED exam, I would not have gotten into college to eventually receive my B.A. If I would have walked away from my work-study position, I would not have learned so much about the audio and video world that I love so much. Even more so, I would not have met and become friends with so many wonderful people that I still keep in contact with today. If I would have chosen the easy route, my life would not be as full, as joyous, and fulfilled as it is today. Of course, I'm not where I eventually want to be but I am not where I was and that is what matters most.

It's not going to be easy to follow your dreams and fulfill those goals. You're going to face some hardship. You're going to deal with difficult people. You're not always going to feel happy and content. But it is in those moments where you have to decide to keep on going despite what you feel like because you know that the end result is much better than your current situation. You just have to remain focused, focused, focused. You have to speak those positive affirmations every single day. And you need to be around positive people who are there to help motivate you to keep going even when you don't feel like it. That is what's going to help you choose the best road, not the easy road.

You see, that easy road in the story seemed perfect with its straight road and charging stations, but what you can't see is that the farther along you go, that road becomes a mirage and it's actually taking you around, and around, and around. Never towards your final destination.

You were made with a purpose. You were made with dreams and ambitions. You are a somebody, and that somebody can do whatever you set your mind to do. So don't allow those stop signs or annoying trolls to keep you from achieving all that you set out to do. Set goals, stay focused, and keep dreaming. NEVER LOSE YOUR IMAGINATION!

Sure it's easier to give up, but it's never better.

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