There are moments when you should throw in the towel. Those moments when you just need to call it quits like if you’re terribly miserable at your job or if a relationship just isn’t working. At times like these, it’s okay and perfectly reasonable to give up; those times when you’re compromising your happiness.
But then, there are times when you need to hang in there. There are times when you can’t give up even if life is throwing its worst at you.
2014 is over and a new year has begun. Close your eyes and just reflect on how far you’ve come and how much has changed.
And here we are.
We made it through another year. Of course, it was not effortless.
Looking back on this past year, there were many defining moments that tested my strength, patience, and tolerance for struggle. I can’t say that it was easy, but I can say that it was all worth it.
This past year, I came across a quote which I would call my definition of 2014 and I greatly appreciate it now more than ever. The quote is:
“The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. Don’t give up”
It may sound like this quote contradicts the opening to this blog entry, however, I’m using it in a different context.
Every challenge that I faced this year made me feel completely defeated. I wanted to crawl into a corner, stop trying, and claim myself ‘a failure’. Yes, this is a little melodramatic for my age, but I know people would feel the same way.
I’m thankful that I didn’t crawl into that corner because if I had, I may not have accomplished the things that came later on in the year.
The beginning of 2014 wasn’t pretty. It was a reality check.
Even now, I still don’t have it all figured out. It will take years upon years. But with each year and each defining moment, I’m getting a little closer.
Miracles happen. They don’t necessarily happen at the same time for all people, but eventually they do. Sometimes you have to give up the good to go for the great. You have to leave something behind to go after something more. You have to rediscover yourself.
This past year, I got a little closer to doing just that.
I fell in love, I explored a new country, I became part of a band, I got a new job, I got a new apartment, I got a boyfriend, I ran the New York City Marathon, and this past Tuesday, I finally got published in Elite Daily for the first time.
I wouldn’t have experienced these miracles if I hadn’t kept it together.
My advice to you is to hold out for your miracles and know that they will happen. It may take time, but the time will be worth it.