Life Changes, and That's Okay

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If you feel disappointed with yourself because you feel as if your life didn't go the way you initially planned, I want you to know that it's okay. You shouldn't feel like a failure because your first plan didn't go according to plan.

When I first started college, I planned on being a computer programmer. It's what I spent a good chunk of my high school years dreaming about. I was going to study Computer Science, become a programmer, and make tons of money afterward.

But all of that didn't go according to plan. I ended up not liking programming at all. (I want to give a shout out to all you computer programmers out there! I appreciate you for what you do.) It was tedious and involved a lot of advanced math. I wasn't prepared for it, so I had to find a different route. 

Long story short, I ended up being an educator and author. Who would've guessed that my life would end up this way? 18 year-old me wouldn't have.

I did think of myself as a failure for a bit, but I did have to realize that life doesn't always go according to the first plan. I had to have a second, third, and fourth plan. I know that I'm going to have to have an infinite amount of backup plans since life is so unpredictable and anything can happen.

Life is a never-ending phase of planning. You plan as much as you can: day, week, month, and so on. Planning ahead is a part of life.

When life changes, change your plan accordingly. It may not have been the way you expected, but that doesn't mean you failed; it means you're a normal human being.

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

You're a Lot Tougher Than You Think You Are

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Hello, my friend. If you feel jaded, unmotivated, or helpless, I want you to know that it's okay. You're human. You're allowed to feel that way sometimes.

But hopefully this is just temporary. You can, and you will, overcome this.

You are brave enough to face this.
You are strong enough to overcome this.
You are brilliant and it's time to show it.

One student I had in the past thought he'd never graduate from high school. Whenever I talked about his options after high school, he would look down and say something like, "if I ever graduate..." We immediately talked about it and I appreciated his honesty. After a lot of hard work, he finally graduated. I was so proud to see him walk across the stage at his ceremony. Even more so, I was proud that he accomplished something that he previously thought he never would. He overcame challenges he never had to face before. He did it, and so can you. 

You are a lot tougher than you think you are. Human resiliency is always surprising. You've got this. 

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.