We All Have To Start Somewhere

have to start somewhere

have to start somewhere

So just start.

Maybe you are currently living your best life, or maybe you are struggling. But wherever you are at, or whatever it is that you are doing in life, just know something. Know that we all have to start somewhere.

I wish I could sit here and give you some Cinderella story about how my life is perfect, but I can’t. It would be a lie.

What I can sit here and do though, is tell you that the minute I started working towards my dreams and ambitions in life, I became well on my way to creating the best possible life for myself. I truly believe that if we want anything in life, and I mean anything, that we can achieve it. You We need to be willing to work for it.

P.S. I am writing this in the morning (something that I rarely do) so my thoughts are going to be deep, maybe scattered, but from within. Here we go…

I sometimes forget what it means to be patient. When I set out and put my mind to something, just like every other person, I want it. I want it now, and I want it badly.

This goes for a lot of things in my life. Health, money, success, but most importantly, freedom, and happiness. What is is that I want really just depends on the day…

Just like a toddler going through the candy aisle, I become impatient with waiting. Why can’t I achieve something without working hard for it? Why can’t I accomplish everything that I want in life overnight? These are the common thoughts that race through my mind.

But truthfully, what good would that do for me? I believe that there are two ways to look at these questions.

The first way. If things were to come easy in my life, what would I be learning? How would I learn to become the best that I can be each and every day? I wouldn’t be learning how to push myself, I wouldn’t be learning to follow my dreams, and I would not be learning to work for what it is that I want in life. These are all characteristics that have helped shape me into the person that I am today. Without embracing some of the suck in life, what would I learn?

It is because of the challenges that each day brings, that I truly find out who I am as an individual. I am not going to quit on my dreams, and I am not going to give up on what I believe. But I will work for my dreams and create the best life that I can for myself.

While my life is amazing, and while I have been beyond blessed, I have not been handed everything on a silver platter. Have most things been handed to me? Sure! But those things that I have had to work for, those are the things that have shaped me into who I am, and those are the things that have taught me the most about my life.

The second way to look at these questions… If everything were to come easy in life, what would be the purpose of even living? Now I don’t know about you, but even with my dreams in sight, I still find myself hitting the snooze button.

If I achieved quick success and accomplished everything that I want to accomplish in the blink of an eye, I simply wouldn’t have any motivation to live. I would just sit and stare at a wall as I watch my one opportunity at life pass me by.

So while I sit here and think about the idea of accomplishing every single one of my dreams, and how much “better” my life would be, I can honestly say that I don’t think that I want to accomplish all of my dreams yet.

I want to feel what it is like to create a life for myself from scratch. I want to go through the long and exhausting process of accomplishing even the smallest of steps. But better yet, I just want to start.

It is the pursuit of creating the best life for myself that gets me out of bed in the morning. It is the thought of achieving my dreams that motivated me to get in the car and go to work. And it is the thought of bettering the lives of every being that pushes me to focus so deeply on my beliefs.

When thinking about quick success, just know that it doesn’t bring long-term happiness, overriding joy, or anything worth giving up your life for. It brings a quick high of happiness that will be gone before you know it.

Instead, we all need to learn to work hard for our dreams. Learn to enjoy the process of creating our own life, and remembering that we all have to start somewhere. So just start.

Michael Bonnell

10/2/2018

 

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