May 17, 2012

Feeling Stuck: It's OK Not To Be OK

There's a song by Jessie J that I recently heard and whose lyrics really stuck with me. "It's okay not to be okay," she sings "sometimes it's hard to follow your heart, but tears don't mean you're losing." It seems like something a lot of people in our generation might need to hear today. Following your dreams isn't easy. If it were, everyone would do it. But they don't. Yet as you probably know, it certainly seems more difficult now than it has since maybe the 1930's.

In today's job market, an astonishing half of young college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. That's the kind of statistic that can make you want to scream and question all those politicians who claim things are getting better. Better for who, right?

Alright, so that statistic may not make you feel any better. But the truth is, it will always require
courage and tenacity to ignore the doubters, take risks, and follow a path where you know the odds are not in your favor. Regardless of the economy, there will always be more rejection than acceptance, and it will hurt and make you doubt everything you have been working for. Sometimes you may even need to find the confidence to actually turn down a lackluster opportunity and to stand up and say "I deserve better." You will likely feel lost and maybe even hopeless, but you are not alone.

Throughout history, the revolutionaries and game changers, including Bill Gates, Elvis, J.K. Rowling, Oprah, Walt Disney, and The Beatles, have often been the ones who struggled first and kept going. You are not the only who has feels, or has felt, frustrated and stuck. Don't let that be a reason to give up on your goals. Keep fighting and have faith that someday it will work out. Use it as a reason to work even harder or find a way to carve your own path. Yes, I know it is far easier said than done, but the only way to really lose, is to stop trying.
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