Why We Should Never Quit

Things can get tough sometimes. The number of times that I’ve been in the state of almost giving up on something is absurd, but I’m proud to be where I am right now. I made it this far already, so why would I not survive the next obstacle ahead of me? This is what I try to make myself believe when I’m in a bad mood, and it does actually help make me feel better.

Reflect

The times I’ve been homesick and miss my dog; when I have a feeling that something’s wrong with me but blood tests tell otherwise; when I’ve been staying up until 2 A.M. to finish an assignment for uni; when I have so much coursework and feel like I’m going to mess up; when I feel like a failure. It makes me sad, but it also makes me realise I’m alive. I’m human and supposed to feel these feelings, and it’s only temporary. Reflect on the things you worry about, but also reflect on the good aspects of life at that moment and appreciate them. As Dumbledore said in The Prisoner of Azkaban, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light”. Even if it’s just the small things. For example, I had to finish an essay on Monday and had to do a weekly quiz for a grade, and I was afraid I wouldn’t finish both in time, but I did, and I was proud of myself. All the hard work was worth it.

Stay positive and take your time

Remind yourself that there better times are ahead. It may not be in the near future, but Rome wasn’t built in one day, too. If you’re going through a tough time, you’re allowed to take your time. Not everyone will understand, but you’re never alone in these situations. It’s also important to speak up about it, it doesn’t matter to whom or if you’re only opening up to one person. If you’re isolating yourself, you’ll only make it worse. If I hadn’t confessed I have anxiety problems, I would’ve had to do terrible class discussions about literature for which I would be scared every single time. There are solutions to your problems, even if it might not appear so at first.

Follow your dreams

If you don’t have a passion in life, find one. It is important, at least for me, to have one or more goals in life. You’re having a thing to strive for and to look forward to. A friend of mine started a project in which she sends boxes full of positive notes to children with a serious illness. This is an amazing initiative and by this, she pursues her goal of making other children happy. I have no idea where I would be in 2, 5, or 10 years, but I know one thing for sure, I want to be happy and that is my¬†aim.