Our media is constantly overwhelmed with an influx of negative stories meant to instill fear in our society. So today, amidst copious negativity, I present to you a list of positivity, a list of good in the world, and a list of hope.
- In the past few months I have endlessly practiced skills of determination. My current aspirations require determination but I am hopeful that hard work, perseverance, and focus will assist in the achievement of my goals. Determination is the key to success.
- I have experienced the magnitude of community engagement. It is enlightening to see a group of individuals come together to achieve a goal. Comprehension of the significance of our actions as cycling community members is what fuels the group to spend a Saturday afternoon in the woods. Teamwork is quintessential for community success. The ability to unite under one common goal is paramount.
- I have learned that reaching out to others for guidance is invaluable. The people who want to see you succeed and who want to help you succeed are the people that will guide you whenever you need direction. It’s okay to ask for help, advice, guidance, etc. Reaching out to others is not a sign of weakness; it’s merely a sign of strength fueled by the willingness to be the best version of yourself.
- I have learned to enjoy the little things. Turn up the music in the car, roll down the windows, watch the sunset on a Tuesday night, stop at that restaurant on Main St you’ve been wanting to go back to, go for a hike, or send some snail mail. None of these things take significant planning. Some of these may even be spontaneous choices. Enjoy them. Put down the phone and enjoy the moment. Sometimes the little things add up to bigger things – when you save 100 pennies you have $1.00. Would you rather save 100 little things in your heart’s wallet or one big thing?
- Extend the invitation, but keep it meaningful. Invite the people who hold a special place in your heart. This could be at a simple family BBQ or at a wedding. The guest book doesn’t have to be long. What’s important is the meaningfulness of the guest book. Each relationship we create in our lives is unique in its own way. Are “your people” family members, lifelong friends, a significant other, a co-worker, or just an acquaintance? It’s great to have many bonds with individuals, but it’s the meaningful ones that fit life’s greatest purpose – love.
- I’ve learned that nobody should let anyone else control their happiness. Speak up for yourself when necessary. Put your foot down. Chase your ambitions. Let go of anything holding you back from happiness. True happiness is molded through positive interactions. React to negative interactions. Don’t be afraid to take a risk – speak up for your happiness.
- Challenges are great for self-growth. Choose a path that frightens you. Make a right turn when everyone else is turning left. Make your own path. Create your own self. Challenge the strength you already have. Push yourself past your preconceived limits. It’s amazing what you’ll learn about yourself when you challenge your body, mind, & spirit.
- Smile often.
- Ask questions.
- Be pro-active with your future.
It’s amazing what life teaches you in the most ambiguous times. Let life create it’s own chapters. Follow your heart. Learn from your mistakes. Never give up on your goals. Most importantly, do what’s right for you. Be the person you were always meant to be.