LETS GET REAL.
Sometimes life can be REAL shitty. It can throw you curve balls and put blocks in your path that you weren’t even beginning to expect and its important to realize that its okay to not always be okay. Everyone in this world has issues that they’re dealing with that likely the people around them don’t even know about, so you should never feel alone. Recently, a young friend of mine was diagnosed with stage four leukemia and as of right now its not looking too good. Its hit me hard and I always come back to the question of, why? Why do bad things happen to good people, and why does something so terrible have to happen to someone so young who hasn’t even been given the chance to live her life. Unfortunately, to the end of time these types of questions are always going to be unanswerable. The best thing we can do in these situations is to realize that things happen for a reason and that we must take it as an inspiration to live our life as fully as we possibly can. With graduation coming up I see the stress that my friends face with applying and getting accepted in to Colleges and Universities, the struggle of having to keep marks up causes at least one of them to break down weekly. Its hard to see. In my case, as of right now I don’t want to go to a post secondary institution after high school. I want to travel, volunteer, and dedicate most of my time to helping others. However, when the grandparents, family friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, and teachers, ask me what I want to do I never feel as though I can be honest. There’s always a judgement that comes along when you don’t follow the path that is most “socially accepted”, so I’d rather shut my mouth and not speak my mind for fear of what other people might think about me. From this situation I’ve learned that I need to care less about what others think. After all, why the fuck should I care about what someone else thinks when its my life to go out and live, not theirs. I just want everyone to know that its okay to admit to having a struggle in your life. Its okay to cry and have a break down, its okay to tell someone that your having a bad day, or to ask for help because your struggling with the thoughts swirling around in your head. Never try and bottle up those feelings because you are NEVER alone. Practice self love and surround yourself with the people that care about you as much as you do yourself, if not more. Cut out those negative people and ignore those haters because their opinions are not worth it, yours is the ONLY that matters. Eat that piece of cake, do something that scares you, travel some place new, and say yes to more things that excite you. At the end of our life we’re not going to care about how many calories we ate, or not having enough clothes or money because its not going to matter. We are going to care about those memories and experiences we made throughout life, the times we shared with those we love, and what we did to act upon our purpose of being here. Time is precious and its not worth it to focus on those things that aren’t important or to get caught up in the drama surrounding situations. Focus instead on doing things and making choices that make YOU happy. Stick to your gut feeling because 99% of the time its never wrong, and work on complaining less! We have so much to be thankful for and half the time we don’t even realize it because we’re stuck in this place of constantly comparing ourselves to one another. Stop it, its not worth it! Stick up for yourself and believe in yourself more, if you say no that means NO and if you think you can do something you sure as HELL can because your one bad ass motherfucker. No one can change your mind but you, we each have the choice to make each day the best of our lives no matter the situation and we should all start now. Enjoy those moments spent doing nothing, dance to that song and bust out those moves in front of EVERYONE, laugh and smile more, accept those compliments instead of brushing them off and embrace your amazing self, for each of us are unique and that’s what makes us so special. Always be kind to others and help out when you can, for the reward of doing so is irreplaceable. Life can sometimes be hard and knock the shit out of you, but it is also the most amazing opportunity we’ll ever have and that is the complete and utter truth. So I encourage you all to get real with yourself as well as others right now, and to start living a life that makes YOU happy because I know I sure am. Live each day to the fullest and if you ever need someone to talk to I’ll always be here:) -Sierra xoxo