Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Humanity

That title is very generic because I talk about humanity all the time anyway. I couldn't think of anything else though, so forgive me.

This is Week 4 of college. I like it, except for the fact I had to read one of the most boring essays I have ever read and I think that boredom poisoned me. Maybe I'm over exaggerating, but still. When I read something I'm not remotely interested in, my brain shuts down and refuses to focus. Instead, I'll focus on everything and anything except that one thing I HAVE to do. I'm sure most of you can relate to this.

Here's the thing about boredom, though: you can be doing a lot in the time you're wasting being bored. That's the real killer. You know you can be more productive and live life, but you're choosing not to do. It's called sloth. Laziness. Bum. Coach Potato. There's a lot of words to describe what you're not doing.

So what do you want to do then? Right now, at this very moment? Do you see it in your head? Now do everything you can to get there. Stop sitting around. Stop wishing you weren't bored. Drop everything that's slowing you down from getting there, because that's the only way you can crawl out of the hole of boredom. Your time is yours to waste, no one else's, but why waste what you can never recycle? I get that this is all easier said than done, but if you just remind yourself that you literally aren't moving anywhere by wallowing in boredom, you'll be surprised how much motivation you can gather.

Alright, enough about boredom because I'm getting bored just talking about it.

Have you ever been afraid to trust? That's a dumb question. Of course you have. Most people have anyway, and especially me. Especially now, because it is week 4 in a new place, and people tend to form closer relationships at this month mark, then your past heartbreaks begins to haunt you, reminding you to be careful. That doesn't really stop your heart from hoping though, does it? You see that cute guy or girl: "I hope they notice me;" you go into class: "I hope I pass this test;" you run onto the field; "I hope this is a win;" you walk into the world: "I hope I don't make a mistake." This is the cruelty of our minds––expecting perfection, this is the real heartbreak in our hearts––not being perfect.

So here's what I'll say to you.
Take a chance. Ask that cute guy or girl out because if they say yes, you'll have your chance, and if they say no, then you don't have to waste your time thinking about them and you can move on. Sure, the rejection may sting a little but so what? The pain is T E M P O R A R Y. Keyword: Temporary. Happiness is temporary, but hell, guess what? So is pain. Life is an endless circle of laughter and tears, so just live through it because you're never going to regret the feeling of your lungs bursting from laughing too hard (unless you die... I guess that happens sometimes but for argument's sake let's just say that doesn't happen).

That's how you stop boredom. You get up, and you trust. You trust that although not every day will be a great day, you will get through the bad days and the good days will come. That's a piece of humanity for you.

Now, seriously, just go talk to that cute person already. Take that test. Win that game. Make mistakes. But most importantly, live. Love. 
Yeah, I know it's cliché, but we still don't seem to listen even though we hear it all the time. I'm just reminding you.

Alright, 'till next time.

Your Proud, Imperfect Human,


Alena 

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