This is a thought that has been on my mind for several months. I know that many of you can relate to the feeling I’ve been experiencing for months. Life seems to pass by quickly, but eventually you feel like you’re approaching a dead end. We’ve all been there. You get to a certain point in life where you feel like everything you’ve been working for is stalling out, and you don’t know where to go in the future.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is that everything you’ve ever wanted starts to fall into place at about the same time you feel like giving up. I’ve been there. You’ve been there. I think everyone has been there. When you feel like you’ve hit a dead end in life and have no way of moving forward, that’s when things start to fall into place.
Most people don’t know this, but they’re about to find out… I was very vocal about how happy I was to leave my hometown and start a new life. I’ve done my best to let people know how happy I was with my decision to leave. But, most people don’t know how close I was to quitting. They don’t know I almost gave up. Earlier this year, I started looking for job openings in my hometown. I started looking for apartments in my hometown. I had hit a point in which I saw no possible way to continue on the path I was on. I had hit a dead end, and had exhausted all available options I knew about. I, against my will, had started to accept that I had failed, and started to look into options to make my return to my hometown. It wasn’t what I wanted, but I had convinced myself that I would find happiness no matter what happened in my life.
At the same time that I had given up on the dream I had set out to pursue, I had no idea that everything I had been hoping for was starting to fall into place. Looking back, it seems so obvious that it was happening, but I wasn’t paying attention to the signs at the time. If you’re ready to give up and things aren’t happening for you in some way, then you’re not where you need to be in life. If you’re ready to give up, but fate keeps dragging you along, don’t ignore that. It’s happening for a reason.
Back in January of this year, I gave up. I had hit a dead end in my life. Staying in Florida and continuing to chase my current dream was no longer an option for me. I had failed in every possible way. Or so I thought. Then, out of nowhere, I was given a chance. I was given a chance to ease my way into what I wanted to do. It seemed at the time like life was teasing me. I was given the opportunity to get a small sample of what I’d been hoping for over the course of several months. The thing is though, life happened. I didn’t hit another dead end. Piece by piece and day by day, I slowly progressed. Others around me saw it as a dead end. They saw it as a waste of time and effort. I, however, saw progress. Baby steps were being made. I am the ultimate optimist. I have always believed that, as long as I’m still living, I have a chance. If I have a pulse and am still breathing, I never think I have lost. There’s still a chance.
People will always see things in their own way, and many of them will be pessimistic, but that has never changed my view on things. This summer has been the perfect example of that. This summer has been a failure on so many levels. I’m going to be honest with everyone who is reading this… this summer was a disaster. Life found a way to beat me down, and then kick me while I was down. It wasn’t just me, it was the people around me, too. To be brutally honest about it, I wasn’t making money, despite working 60+ hours a week. I was busting my ass, and was failing miserably. Also, to be honest, I’m not doing much better right now. But it’s coming.
Those of you who have followed my blog for a while may recall that I decided to call 2018 “The Year Of Great Potential”. I have to say, after everything I’ve endured this year, I still 100% believe that. Any normal human being would have given up a LONG time ago. I still see the potential in it though. I have learned more lessons this year than some people would learn in a lifetime. I have been told many times by people to quit and rethink my current path in life. I have ignored them. I have also had people around me want to give up repeatedly. I told them to stick it out and ride the storm out with me. These people have every right to be upset with me if they listen to me and things don’t work out. With every passing day, there seems to be more hope though. We’re almost there. The things we’ve been dreaming of are right around the corner. It’s still a dream at this point, but I know it’s there. I just do. We’re so close I can almost taste it.
In many cases, you have to suffer and struggle before you can enjoy the grand prize life has in store for you. Life has a way of working out when you’re at the point of giving up, but don’t forget that life won’t always hand you gifts. Everything you face in life is a challenge. Sometimes you will hit a dead end in life with no way of moving forward, and that is your sign that you need to find a different approach. But, sometimes you will hit what appears to be a dead end, but it leads you to a point where you can continue once you rethink your game plan. In those specific cases, you need to throw out the rule book and build you own road. Forget about what others have done before you. Build your own road. Our world wouldn’t be where it is today if people hadn’t found their own path along the journey of life. You don’t need to be some famous name in a history book to find your own way. We’re all individuals. We’re all unique. We all have our own way of getting through life. Do what is best for you. Find your own path. The next time you feel like you’re at a dead end, ask yourself what you can do differently to keep moving forward. Don’t give up just because it’s easy and seems logical.
Everyone and every situation is different. But, just because other people haven’t found a way to do what you want to do doesn’t mean you should give up. Find your own way. If people weren’t able to find their own path through this journey of life, then we’d all end up in the same place. Keep searching. Keep trying. Do what works best for you, and don’t give up!!