Monday, July 15, 2013

Motivational Monday

"Motivational Monday" is such an annoyingly trite expression, but it applies well concerning a conversation I just had with someone. I feel like there's so much more to life than clocking in to a 9-to-5 job as you watch your weeks pass by all the same. It's taken me awhile to realize that you, as a person, can literally do anything. This may sound dumb, but I could walk outside and strip off all my clothes and run naked through the woods behind my house. Or I could drop out of school today, get in my car, drive down to where my sisters live, and stay with them until I get a job somewhere. At any moment of any day, you can do anything. You may be sitting there reading this and laughing, but really, there is no one who will slap you on the hand for not doing what you were "supposed to" (well... maybe the cops if you get really crazy); what I'm saying is that you can do whatever you want.

I don't know about you, but when this idea processed through my mind a few months ago, I felt such a weight come off of me. Maybe it's because I've always been a rule follower, guilted into doing what others wanted in order not to create problems. But I've learned that people will always be disappointed in you no matter what, it just comes down to whether you'll be disappointed in yourself or not. The president will not have a heart attack and die if I drop out of college and the pope will not scold me for deciding to not become a doctor or a banker. The world will not end. Take a chance on something that you told yourself was impossible or unreasonable and just do it.

This quote made me realize that I can do anything. It's the perfect daily advice to follow. 

When I advanced to 4th grade and was told I could join the band and choose any instrument I wanted, I chose the trombone. Why? Because my uncle told me that my arms were too short to play the trombone and that I couldn't do it. Well, I played the trombone all the way through to my sophomore year of high school. Now every time someone tells me that I can't do something, I think back to my stubborn 9 year old self and I listen to myself before others.

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