“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” -E.E. Cummings
We are coming to the time of the year that people are graduating from schools and moving on with there life. Some from 8th grade others from High School and some are graduating into the real world. All of these steps are big parts in our life and some are harder then others. When some people think about growing up they set goals that would like to reach but never really strive for them. I am not saying it is easy to set a goal and get to it but shouldn’t you try.
To accomplish those goals you have to try. I know it sounds funny that you have to try to be the person you really are but some people forget who they really are as they grow up. Don’t let that be you. Be who you are and express yourself. Don’t hide the secrets from people because you are only hurting yourself. Grow up to be the person that you want to be and have the potential to be.
Growing up does mean taking on responsibilities and not all are fun but we do have to do them. My challenge to you is to try to do something that is on your list for when you “grow up”. Do the only thing that you said you would do some day because some day is today. Life is what you make it so what are you going to do today?
“As we Grow up we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends and more important to have real ones” –Unknown
Friends are the ones that help you without being asked or without expecting something in return. As we grow and go through hard times and good times we lose some friends and find others along the way to help us out. The best way this has been put is “run your car off the side of the road, get stuck in a ditch way out in the middle of nowhere. Get yourself in a bind lose the shirt off your back.” (Tracy Lawrence, Find Out Who Your Friends Are) find out who your friends are!
Recently I have had the pleasure of moving, not so fun. Two of my good friends showed up and spent 4 hours helping me move couches, my bed, Huge dresser and all the boxes I had packed. One of my friends had gone out the night before and let’s just say even with a very big head ache was still there for me. To me that just shows that he is a really friend.
When I look back on the friends throughout my life that have always been there we I need them, I realize that people come and go. Look back on friends that have inspired your life. The ones that are always there. You don’t have to be the most popular person with a hundred friends you just have to be the one that has the lasting friends. Life is what you make it, so what are you going to do today?
“Life is better when you’re laughing” -unknown
Some times people forget to ease up and have some fun. When your stressed about something you sometimes have to find something to laugh about. Whether it is a joke, funny picture or a story that a friend has for you, take the time to laugh and lighten up. If you think back to a time you had a lot of fun, what were you doing? I know that for me I was just talking with friends. We weren’t doing anything in particular we were just sitting at a friend’s house talking.
The other day a friend of mine was getting ready for a big test on Cement. Yes I know that sounds so exciting. He was stressed about the test but once I made a joke about the fact that he was having a test on cement, he laughed and seemed to be a little less stressed. Sometimes laughing will help you relax so that you can actually think clearly when taking a test instead of stressing out and forgetting everything you studied.
When your having a hard day take five min and find something funny. This may mean going on Facebook, Pinterest, or finding a joke. Little things may help the day become better and in the end you will have a better day. So next time you are stressed out or are having a bad day do something to make you laugh. Life is what you make it so what are you going to do today?
“Enjoy the little things in life… for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” –Unknown
Many people push things aside because they are the “little things”. Yes some of them might be but some of them might have turned into much bigger things. If you always push the little things aside they turn into a pile of little things.
If anyone has ever pushed the little things aside like: sport games that your kids were involved in, listening to a friend when they asked or watching a movie with a friend. Yes they may be little events but they do mean a lot to the ones that you pushed aside. No one likes to be pushed aside and forgotten. You also have to remember that something that may be little to you, may be big to someone else in their life.
If a friend did want to talk to you about something it could have been something big in their life that they needed you to listen to, but because you pushed them aside you didn’t hear about the news until everyone else knew. Little things are big things that are still growing. You just have to pay attention to them.
So next time a friend calls and wants to talk take the time because it might turn into something big. Or the next time your kids ask you to do something with them do it because to them it will be a big deal. Life is what you make it so what are you going to do today?
“Friends Pick us up when we fall down, and if they can’t pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while” -Unknown
Some times people do not actually want you to help them up they just want you to sit down and listen to their problem. The thing is, that’s what friends are for. They are there to do what ever you need them to do at that time in their life. This is also when you really find out who your friends are. They might be the ones who tell you what you don’t want to hear or the ones that just sit there when you have a bad day but they are still the ones there for you.
I am the one that is always willing to listen when a friend needs it. It might be in the middle of the night or the middle of the day but that’s what friends are for. I know that even when I haven’t talked to my good friend in a while I can call her up and tell her any problem and she knows that she can do the same to me.
Once you have those people are in your life that will lay down and listen don’t let them go. Friends are meant to help you up and listen to you no matter what so next time a friend calls and is complaining or just wants to talk, just stop and listen because some day you might want them to do the same for you. Life is what you make it so what are you going to do today?
“Nothing is impossible the word itself says “I’m possible”! –Audrey Hepburn
Everything is possible if you try and you keep working at it. Many people do say things like it is impossible. When you think about it you realize that almost anything is possible. There is always a way to make things work. It may mean moving things around in your schedule or asking for help but it can still happen. Things can be possible if we want them to be possible and make the time. Life is all about making the priorities on our lives happen and making time for those that are priorities.
I know that I have had friends call me 20 minutes before class starting and saying they locked them selves out of their car. I had to run up to my car to pick up his extra key that he had given me and then run back down to class. It wasn’t the easiest thing to do in the time period that I had but it was possible.
Sometimes we have to help people out when they think that things are impossible so that we can help them make things possible. Next time someone says something is impossible try to help them figure out how to make it possible. Sometimes that means just talking it through and sometimes it means that you might have to help them take action. Life is what you make of it so what are you going to do today?
“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.” –Unknown
Bridges are those things in life that you have to decide if they are worth crossing or which ones to cross. Life is the same way, you have to make the choices that are right for you and right for what you want in life. Bridges are also the people you meet in your life that make you realize new things and have new experiences.
Every person that you have known in your life is a bridge to where you are now. The ones that you passed up are the bridges that you burned. The thing is that even if you burned a bridge with someone it has still taught you something and made you into the person that you are.
Every day we make choices about where our life is headed and I know that no matter how many choices you make to cross a bridge there is always another bridge on the other side. I have made choices to burn bridges with friends but when I look back I don’t regret it because regret is not going to get me anywhere.
My challenge to you is to reflect on bridges that you have burned and decide if that was the right choice. If it wasn’t maybe you can try to rebuild the bridge. In the end do what is right for you. Life is what you make of it so what are you going to do today?