I opened my eyes, rolling over toward the window so the sunlight could gently kiss my face.
Greeted with a new day, I said my usual thank you to God then felt around for my phone.
Eyes still sensitive to the light, I stumbled upon the cool feel of my phone’s screen. And out of typical routine, swiped it open to do my morning scroll of social media before I jumped up to start my day.
After reading the usual early morning inspirational quotes on my IG feed, I opened Facebook.
Per usual, there was a memory notification. The kind I generally hate to get because they remind me of tough times and immaturity I so ignorantly shared with the world before I knew better, or awkward stages when I have no clue what was going on with my hair and makeup.
But this memory was different. It reminded me of something that didn’t make me roll my eyes or cringe with the regret of most other posts.
Notification: Trouble Don’t Last Always
I looked at the picture and there I stood, smiling from ear to ear in a chic co-oord fit with a bold pink blazer that I’d consider retro perfection.
My black bob gave off the maturity of a grown woman as I stood tall with the confidence of a newly sworn in lawyer. That day, I was happy. Proud to come back to my Alma Mater on the road to success.
But that’s not what made the picture special.
It was special because it was a picture of me:
- 2 years after I suffered from depression
- 1 year after graduating law school
- 9 months after accepting my dream job
- 8 months after I became a licensed attorney
- 3 months after I decided to focus on my happiness
- 1 week before my first date with my future husband
I looked at the picture, thinking of all the tough times I was tempted to quit. And had I done so, I could’ve justified it.
There were ways to paint the narrative of the tough times I’d experienced in a manner that made people understand and sympathize with me. But the simple truth is- I never did.
I got tired, but I refused to give up -fighting daily for mental peace, stability, love and happiness. To be honest, most of the time, it felt like nothing was happening. I swung and swung but couldn’t see progress. Nonetheless, it eventually came, and this Facebook memory was proof.
You’re Better Than The Easy Option
To be frank, the easiest option is always quitting. And although most of us wouldn’t consider ourselves quitters, we do it daily in subtle ways that often slip through the cracks.
Sometimes, it’s gradually getting away from our dedication to fitness or our commitment to God. Other times, it’s vowing to pick back up when life isn’t so hectic and we have “more time.”
With the best intentions in mind, we choose the easy option, throwing in the towel because it’s too challenging to keep pressing.
But the simple truth is that nothing worth having comes easy. It takes stick-to-it-ness and consistent effort to reach our better tomorrow.
I read a post that said, “It’s not just about starting consistent, it’s about staying consistent.” And it’s true. It’s our staying power that sets us apart and puts us in a better position to win.
Many of us start with the best intentions. Yet life, sifts those intentions away upon the realization that achieving our dreams isn’t exactly as easy as we predicted it to be.
In fact, there will always be seasons when life comes at us fast. The key is to keep going.
Imagine what would’ve happened if I’d allowed myself to give up during depression.
Progression, promotion, and happiness were right around the corner. My only job was to keep going.
Whatever, hurdle you’re facing today is nothing compared to what’s coming. You’re one step closer to turning your corner. Don’t quit on you. You’ve got next.
Friendly Reminders for Tough Times
In the meantime, here are a few things to remember when times get tough:
- Stumbling doesn’t mean you must quit. Accept the short coming then dust yourself off and get back in the saddle.
- Nothing worth having comes easy.
- Sometimes, it’s best to take it day by day rather than overwhelming yourself with the pressure of next month or next year. You will get there one step at a time.
- A little progress is better than no progress at all.
- Think how far you will be next year if you keep at it.
- The only difference between you and distinguished people is their ability to keep going through uncomfortable situations.
- You were built to win.
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