Going at Your Own Speed

Going at Your Own Speed

 Starting from a really young age, I excelled in school. I was always at the top of my class. In fact, I was so used to getting A’s that I would sometimes cry when I didn’t get one. But just because I got top marks, doesn’t mean that it was easy for me by any stretch of the means. I had classmates and friends that put in half of the work that I did, but still ended up with the same grades as me, but that didn’t stop me from trying to be the best. I worked hard, and it showed. I would even forgo doing fun things, like hanging out with friends or going to school dances or to movies, in order to stay at home and study. When I looked at my future, I envisioned massive amounts of success, so I worked hard at school so that I could get that. It’s just too bad that I’m still waiting for that future to happen.

The one thing that they don’t tell you when you’re in school is that having good grades doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be an instant success. Good grades can help you get into a good high school and a good college, but it’s not a guarantee for anything else. Just because you’re at the top of your class during your school days, doesn’t mean that you’ll be at the top when you exit that world. And that’s something that has become painfully clear to me throughout the years. The same people who I went to school with and weren’t necessarily as smart as me, have “surpassed” me. Those same individuals who barely passed their classes have full time jobs that are fairly impressive and that they enjoy doing. If life was a race, I’d be losing. In fact, I wouldn’t just be losing; I’d probably be so far in the back that there would be no way that I would be able to catch up with the next closet person before the race finished.

Luckily, life isn’t a race however. There’s no first place or last place. If anything it’s more like going on a casual run. You just have to go at your own speed…

When I go for a run, I do it by myself, which means that I am able to go at my own pace. Some days I wake up feeling energized, so I can go really fast, but other days I’m just happy that I’m able to get through my route in one piece. My journey isn’t always easy either. Sometimes I run on flat land. I can coast through these areas, pretty easily. And other times, I run downhill. When I hit these patches, it requires next to no energy at all. But when I have to run up a hill, it requires so much energy that sometimes I think I might actually pass out. But wherever I go, I know that the only person I have to go up against is me. I’m not concerned with any of the other joggers around me, and I know that they don’t care about me either. We’re each focused on our own path because that’s what’s most important.

Positive thinker, life doesn’t always go according to plan, but that doesn’t mean that you have to quit trying. When I’m running and I’m tired, I don’t just give up because my body isn’t allowing me to go as fast as I want it to. It would be easy to just turn around and go back home. It definitely would require less energy, but I’d probably end up hating myself for doing it. So instead of giving up, I just keep working hard until one day I’m able to reach a speed that I’m happy with. And then once I’m happy with that, I stick with that new speed for a while. But once I get used to that speed, I set a new goal for myself, and strive to reach that. And you can do the same thing with your life.

Keep setting goals for yourself, and keep striving to reach those goals. And when you set them, don’t worry about the people around you. They’re focusing on their own path and trying to achieve what they set out to achieve, and you should do the same. Just continue forward at your own pace, and one day you’ll wake up and realize that you’re exactly where you wanted to be!