I’ll say, I’m surprised with the number of people freaking out over how there is now less than a month for this decade to end. Every second person is looking back at their achievements over the last 10 years and honestly, I’ve considered it too because I’ve grown so much in those years. It’s just fascinating to me how the end of a decade meant nothing to me 10 years ago, probably because I was 12 at the time and nobody has a care in the world at that age. But now when I actually have things to be proud of, I don’t feel like bragging because I feel like I can do so much better.
Also, I noticed how uncomfortable it made a lot of people when others posted lengthy lists of their achievements in the last decade because they felt like they hadn’t achieved as much. I just want to tell you all that just because you haven’t ‘achieved’ something to be proud of by now, doesn’t mean that you haven’t made memories or that you won’t achieve great things in the years to come. Everybody grows at a different pace and ideally, there shouldn’t be any kind of competition because we’re all so unique. But we don’t live in an ideal world, do we?
I promise you that life isn’t that cruel to anybody. What you feel like you lack for in the kind of material achievements that the world banks on, you make up for, more than enough, in memories and compassion. So what if you couldn’t make it big in this decade? I bet you made some great friends, wonderful memories and learned some very important lessons. Those are the things that actually matter. There is already so much pressure on all of us to always, always put our best foot forward, but what they fail to tell us is that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes.
Some of us take a little longer to get there than the others and of course, it means that we get a lot of crap for it because we aren’t showing the same signs of progress like everybody else around us. But how difficult it is to understand that we’re all different, and I’m talking about DNA-level different! It’s not complicated: you encourage people to do more of the things they’re actually good at, they will have no trouble excelling at it. But when you force people to do something that is not their cup of tea and expect them to succeed at it, come on, even you know that you’re just kidding yourselves at that point.
The next time you come across a post that asks you just what it is that you have achieved in the last 10 years, think about the more important things like love, friendships, lessons and compassion— things that actually speak about who you are as a person. So what if somebody else got their story featured on a big website? Instead of being jealous of them, learn to appreciate others’ successes and sympathize with their failures because the tables can turn in a heartbeat and it could just as easily have been about you. Humanity. That’s the point.
And let’s just say that the last decade hasn’t exactly been your friend. So what! You’re alive and breathing, and you still want it just as much as you wanted it in the last 10 years. If you truly are passionate about something in your life and are willing to work smart and fight for it, I promise you that you’ll get there. I cannot tell you when exactly, but you will. Don’t give up hope just because you aren’t operating at the same speed as the others. Focus on your passion and your true meaning of happiness and everything else will fall in place without you even realizing it.
You’ve still got the time to catch up on that bucket list, so don’t worry about the decade ending. It’s not as big of a deal as people make it seem. You keep doing you!
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