We’ve all heard the saying: “good things take time.” Personally, I am tired of hearing that phrase, even though it holds a lot of truth. Not necessarily everything good is going to take time, but the big things in life may take a bit longer. But they’re worth it.
Now here I’m talking about things like weight loss, getting an education, starting a career, etc. Things like that. It’s easy to find something you want. Maybe you’ve been overweight for part of your life (like me) and you want to change your body. Maybe you’ve decided what you want to major in and have found the perfect career for yourself. These are great goals to have for yourself, but you are more than likely going to want them right away. Personally, I wanted to lose weight fast; I had been overweight for as long as I could remember and I was sick of it. I was willing to exercise and change my eating habits, but I wanted to “fix” myself right away. I didn’t want to wait. This caused me some problems obviously, because it took longer than a few weeks to gain the weight, so it’s going to take a little while to lose as well. I am currently in the same boat with my education and career as well. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but now that I am in the program and on my way to becoming a radiographer, I am incredibly impatient. I just want these next three years to fly by so I can start my career and my new life out of college.
While I am an impatient person, and I know of many other people like this, I have learned that it is worth the time it takes to reach your goal. I started my fitness journey around the tenth grade, and seriously started trying to lose weight around senior year and picked back up with it recently (in my freshman year of college). That’s quite some time. And while I did get frustrated and want to give up –and actually did give up several times– I have learned much more about myself and what I am capable of than I thought I would. I have had some great experiences and met some quality people while on this journey. As for the career and wishing it would start sooner? I still want college to speed up and to get out into the real world and begin doing something I love (and stop being a broke college kid). But instead of wishing my life away, I am trying to find things here that I enjoy as well. I am trying to make the most of my life right now, so when I do get to where I want to be I won’t feel like I wasted the past few years.
If you take anything from this post, just remember that while it is good to have goals and want to achieve something, you should also enjoy the journey and learn new things on the way.