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We all want to be remembered, we all want to have a story to tell... yet, most of us keep setting at our couches, scratching dates off the calendar watching other peoples stories. How many times have we wished for someone to come into our lives and take us on an adventure just like in our favorite movie? how many times have we asked for a miracle to happen and turn our life upside down, make it interesting for once, yet, we kept our comfortable position with popcorn in our hands and nothing but dreams in our heads. The truth is, you don't wait for a miracle to happen, you don't wait for someone to walk in and take you on an adventure, those circumstances are for the rare few, most of us, have to take the action ourselves.
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For as long as I remember I've written in my diary "God, please make a miracle happen, make something interesting happen, and let me have an adventure of my life" then I closed the diary and wrote the same thing next day, and the next day. Yet, it never came, because I was shutting myself out form opportunities. Opportunities don't just jump in our hands, we have to catch them, seek them out, and for that as terrifying and annoying it might be, you know what I'm gonna say, you know... we have to get off couches. DAMN, I bet you're reading this article on the couch or your bed. I know I'm writing it on my bed, way to practice what you preach huh?
The thing is, wishes are alright, in fact, they're great. Wishes let us get clear on what we want, but this is not "16 wishes for Abby" we can't just blow out a candle and poof, our dream life is now our reality, doesn't work that way.
Angel In Purgatory
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I realized that I was being passively flowing through life when my friend updated me that she was going to a summer program with NASA and Google, I was like how come? and she said that she had entered a contest and won a place in the program. Another one of my friends is constantly traveling via programs she finds on the internet, she even got a scholarship to go study in Britain, all on her own, no one handed her the opportunity she looked for it and took it herself.
While trying to write my college application essay I realized that I have not been taking advantage of life at all! In other kids application essays I could see stories about backpacking across Europe, starting their own business, publishing a book... which made me think, it's not like I'm deprived of opportunities, in fact, if we open our eyes opportunities are all around us!
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I could have published a book by now and started a youtube channel, the first I didn't do because I didn't even bother to notice the opportunities and the second I quit out of fear.
And there's another thing I want to touch on in this article, fear. Most of the time we are afraid to take the opportunity, to jump right in, but if we let the fear guide us, we'll remain in our comfort zones wasting away our lives. Though we have to understand what fear actually is, all fear comes down to one, and that is being afraid that we wouldn't be able to handle the situation. I was afraid to start a youtube channel because I was scared that I wouldn't be able to handle the shame that I would feel if one of my classmates was to find it and then show to everyone else at school, I was scared that I wouldn't be able to handle everyone at school making fun of me.
Angel In Purgatory
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But in order to get rid of fear or at least dum it down a little bit we need to understand that life, God, or the universe will not throw us into a situation that we can't handle, just think how many times you thought you wouldn't survive a certain situation, like a horrible math test you forgot to study for, or your boyfriend breaking up with you, or that one time you accidentally blasted "I write sins, not tragedies" by Panic! at the disco in your literature class because you forgot to turn off the volume on your phone, or that one time your pants unzipped in front of the whole class because you were too fat and the zipper just could not hold it anymore and then the whole class saw your underwear as your fake leather pants slid down? the last to are just me? okay. The point is we've been in so many bad situations after which we thought we our life was over, yet we somehow kept going, and maybe down the road even developed that negative into a positive. So even if you think you can't handle something, you can! what doesn't kill you makes you stronger (how cliche! but true). Keep that in mind when you want to take an opportunity but fear creeps into your mind.
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Moral of the story or this long article, is that opportunities won't just into our hands, we should stop waiting for something to happen, and become an active participants in life, because if we don't before we know it we're gonna be 70 and the only story we have to tell to our grandchildren is what happened on our favorite episode of the Gossip Girl. Opportunities are all around us we just have to grab them, as for me I will be participating in online writing contests and more after school activities and who knows maybe I'll even say yes to that stupid camping trip (I'm not so fond of camping as there are no proper bathrooms, showers, or mirrors to do makeup in, jk, I'm not that shallow, I just don't like it because of the hygiene problems, who needs makeup on a camping trip) What about you? I challenge you to take one interesting opportunity that could give you a story to tell. It can be self-learning a skill like a guitar or a subject like cinematography, it can be a summer camp, a competition, a new club that you'll join, or a trip?
Angel In Purgatory
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I hope I inspired you guys to live your life a little more... I'm sure gonna be more active now and hope you join me. ♡♡♡ Heart this article and follow me for more. I post new articles every other day.
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