Life isn’t perfect. Most of the time, we long for something we don’t have. And there are two options when faced with desire: we can either do something about it, or we can accept defeat and settle.
For the past year, I have been living in a boring town in Florida that is full of retirees. I am here for many reasons, including the fact that my dad lives here and that he got my boyfriend a job here. But this is not where I am meant to be. I need to be where the action is. I want to be surrounded by vibrance and life so I am inspired each and every day by something new. I have felt like a settler for the past year and I am so over it. So I decided to do something about it.
Last month I started researching areas of the country and applying for jobs. Although I had my heart set on New York City, it just isn’t practical for me. Living costs are through the roof and salaries at lower level positions just do not compensate for the expenses. So I set my sights on Atlanta: the perfect mix of big city and southern charm. After scrolling through hundreds of job listings (there really seems to be a lot of opportunity in ATL!), I found it. The job description seemed to use my resume as a guide for requirements, the company itself was my dream closet. I knew I had to just go for it. Two weeks later and I am packing up and moving across state lines to Atlanta, Georgia to start the next chapter of my life.
Not everyone is in the position to just pick up and move, but there is something that you can just go for. Do you want to go back to school? Change careers? Get out of a bad relationship? No one is going to do any of that for you. You have to be the one to do it for yourself.
When you’re frustrated with the way things are, it can be tempting to give up. After all, it’s often easier just to live with life’s shortcomings than it is to make improvements.
But if you choose to give up, you’re letting go of a powerful opportunity. In your frustration there is great energy, and that energy can be directed to truly make things better.
– Ralph Marston, GreatDay.com