Destiny?

Destiny?

You insist that everything should come naturally, that if you have to “work” at something maybe it’s not meant to be. I totally disagree.

Whether you’re talking about the relationships we have in our lives or the career path we wish to take down the road, your perception has blurred your sight of reality.

My good friend is working her ass off towards a new career path. She is struggling and she is swimming frantically through the pool of sharks that is the roadblocks in her way, but she isn’t giving up. And that’s the most important part here. Success isn’t easy. Having that fairytale dream life you wanted ever since you were nine years old is nearly an impossible task. But if you’re going to tell me that you’re so scared to fail that the amount of work you need to put into your life makes you want to walk away, then walk away.

If you’re talking about the relationships we have in our lives, then you really need to wake up. One relationship with one friend has the potential to give you a headache, but also has the potential to give you everything you need. Yes, your schedules are going to clash. You both have your separate lives. You both are working hard towards your goals. You have to understand that time isn’t for free. But it’s the friendships that you work on that are the ones that turn out priceless. You have to be understanding. You have to be patient. And if you aren’t willing to do that for a good friend, then walk away.

You insist that things that are meant to be don’t need work? Wake up.

I don’t care what kind of prodigy you are; I don’t care what you have up your sleeves that make everything work for you; I don’t care what you think is written in the stars. If you aren’t willing to work hard in order to get what you want, then walk away.

If something means enough to you, it should not matter how much work you have to put into it to survive. If something means enough to you, you wouldn’t complain about the work you have to put in. If something means enough to you, you will work towards it; you will work towards your dreams.

And if you’re just wasting your time with something for the mere existence of something in your life, then walk away.

Don’t stand in front of the exit with a foot out the door. Don’t stand in front of that person and waste their time if you are not willing to treat them with the care and respect they deserve. Don’t insist that you are always right when, in reality, you need to wake up and realize how wrong you are.

Not everything is “written in the stars” but that doesn’t mean you can’t write it in yourself.

Insist

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Bookstore’s Time

Bookstore’s Time

The hello’s, the goodnight’s, the smiles, the gestures…all of it means more than you might think. In a world where I cannot decipher whether friendliness means geniality or hints at a facade that will one day be torn, the smallest things become irreplaceably priceless.

The day starts with “Good morning” and “How are you today?” along with a bright smile from my boss, despite how behind we might be in our tasks. Then “good morning” and “What can I help you with?” comes from almost every coworker who comes walking into the store. I hear stories about their weekend, their weeks, their classes…their lives. We complain together and we laugh together; we are weird together and we make time pass faster together; we get the job done and we make sure each task is done right; we are in there through thick and thin by each other’s sides.

Despite the chaotic first week of classes, one of the two weeks that are called “RUSH”, there are still little moments that catch my heart. At the register, I feel like I am talking nonstop as I try to get everyone in and out as fast as possible without forgetting anything along the way. I barely leave myself time to get a drink of water or just take a deep breath of air because…why would I? There is always so much to get done.

But within all of that, a couple of my coworkers had become closer friends. Seeing their smiles, hearing their laughter, and their voices as we go about our day makes a long shift that much easier to handle. Even when I’m in the middle of helping someone, they purposefully stop by to say ‘hi’ when they arrive for their shift. Even when they’re in the middle of helping someone, they pause to help me get through a transaction I am not familiar with due to the fact that I started a lot later than them. Even when we all are waiting to get out and head home to the comfort of our homes and our beds, we stay around a little after closing to check up on each other and say our ‘goodbye’s. It makes the long day with everyone worthwhile.

Having those friendships, being in that environment, is unlike anything else I have experienced. These coworkers are students around my own age, with different experiences, who are so helpful and willing to give a helping hand.

It doesn’t matter how crazy it gets; it doesn’t matter how chaotic everything seems to be; the energy in that store when it gets busy is almost the best thing ever.

Priceless

Work. Work. Work. Harder.

Work. Work. Work. Harder.

Throughout the years, I never knew what I was fighting for. I just knew I wanted a better tomorrow. I simply felt like there was more out there, somewhere in the world, that was made for me. I kept looking around myself, at my peers, at my mentors, at my elders, at everyone, and knew we were better than how we were.

Today, I look around at everyone and know, maybe in the back of my mind or clearly as the features on my face, that we are all working towards something both individually and together as a whole. We are working towards a better tomorrow for ourselves, for the ones we love, for the ones who come after us, and therefore for the entire society as a whole. And, one day, we’ll get there.

The girl who is working to forgive herself for the flaws she possesses. The boy who is working towards an easier life for his family. The young lady who is working to raise her son to the be a better man than the one who left her. The young man who is working on breaking the chains his relatives attempt to limit his capabilities with.

The girl who is studying to get an A on that exam. The boy who is limiting his spendings until he has enough for that new car. The young lady who is doing her best to create a better community in which her friends feel more accepted and supported. The young man who is putting in every hour he can in order to have the capabilities to give his wife and child the life they deserve.

The girl who is attempting to forgive herself for the checkered past she remembers all too well. The boy who is trying to figure out what he wants to devote his life to and what he wants to fight for. The young lady who is simply trying to make the pain of both herself and others go away, or at least get better. The young man who is fighting to survive the health issues he has been facing for countless years of his life.

The girl who is trying to break the status quo and follow her heart’s demands and her passion’s fire. The boy who is working on keeping the blade away from himself. The young lady who is trying to bring a little happiness to almost everyone she meets. The young man who is attempting to keep to himself until he gets his own life figured out, in order to lessen the chaos between himself and others.

We are all working towards something. A purpose in life. A curiosity that pries. A passion that continues to burn. A question that remains unanswered. A better tomorrow, than today.

A better tomorrow, for the futures we dream of, the impossibles that we struggle to make possible, the wishes we all yearn for, and the tomorrow we want to live is just around the corner. We just need to continue working, keep trying, and one day we will achieve everything we doubted was even possible in the first place.

Focused