Your Journey Is Up To You

Your journey is determined by YOU.

It is easy to look in someone else’s back yard and compare your successes to theirs. Compare your failures to theirs. To judge what they have and what you do not. There are so many blessings we take for granted. Being alive, waking up in the mornings, breathing fresh air, having fresh drinking water, having a warm house to live in, having food to eat, and family to love. These are the things we often take for granted and we shouldn’t.

I have done my fair share of comparing myself to others. Why can’t I be like them? Why can’t I be smart like them? Why can’t I be pretty like them or have everything they have? Why can’t I be successful like them?

What people do not see is what happens behind closed doors. What people sacrifice to get to where they are. Those years of hard work. The long journey or not giving up. Everyone has a different time line. Some graduate before others. Some get married before others. Some will be in their dream job much sooner than the next person. And the list goes on. Everyone has different priorities. This is no reason to feel inferior or put yourself down. You have come a long way and your successes are just as important. All of those failures you experienced have either led you to something better or resulted in you growing into something more.

It is easier said than done. I would be lying if I said I did not compare myself to others. But, as much as I am hard on myself, I use that as motivation to always do better. To keep striving for more.

Passion. Hard work. Dedication. Believing in your art. This will set you apart from others. You have to want it bad enough.

You have come this far. You have been beaten, bruised, and broken. But, look at where you are today. Never underestimate your strength, your power, and how far you can take it.

Your journey is determined by YOU. You can allow failures and the opinions of others to define your successes. Or you can tune them out and stay true to your path. People will say it cannot be done until someone sets out to do it. You, however, do not need to prove yourself to others. You need to prove to yourself how far you can go. How successful you can become.

Take control of your life. Start living for you.

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Ms. Dakota, is a current graduate student and soon to be elementary education teacher. She is a multi-genre writer who explores the world of creative non-fiction, poetry, and fiction. You can find her on twitter: @msdakotawrites.

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