By: Presley Eastwood
There’s so many lessons that we learn throughout life. Good lessons and bad lessons. Sometimes you can learn them from experiencing really horrible things, or you can learn them from something small. And the honest truth is that some of them you have to suffer through pain to learn. And in the end, the lesson isn’t as eye-opening as you’d hoped.
That’s what I thought this all was. Life. I thought that life was mediocre lessons strung together, with the occasional important ones, and you try your best to use what you’ve learned to help you have a better life. To help you be a better person, maybe a good person.
But in all honesty, no matter how hard you try to be whatever it means to be a ‘good person’, there’s always going to be someone that will tell you that you could do better. Everyone has their own pre-conceived idea of what a good person truly is. I don’t think that there’s a single meaning or definition of one. And I don’t think that there’s an example for us to follow.
To me, being a good person is waking up. Getting out of bed and trying to be even just a little bit better than you were yesterday. Being a good person is when even if you have only a small amount of energy left in you at the end of the day, using that energy to help someone else feel just a little bit better. Especially if that person is yourself. Being a good person is realizing that not everything is as great as we’d hoped it would be when we were young, realizing that it’s actually so much worse than we would’ve ever thought, and still choosing to get up and live another day, and trying your hardest to help other people get up and live too.
I think we all worry about not being the people we pictured we would be when we were kids. For some people, it can be so hard to just get out of bed every day. And to those people, getting out of bed is more than enough for one day. But to the other people, it’s never enough.
So to the people that find it hard to get out of bed, here’s what I have to say to you:
It is more than enough. You are more than enough. So don’t worry about the people who think that you should be doing more, don’t even give them a second thought. Think about you. Be as selfish as you possibly can when it comes to bettering yourself. Don’t think about whether or not you’re going to make an A in the class, or be the best player on your soccer team. Don’t think about if that boy likes you or if you can write that entire paper and still get a little bit of sleep. Get a B in the class, be the player that you’re comfortable with being. Think about if you like you, and get as much sleep as you can. That A in your class, the rep you get for being the best player, the people you date and have sex with, none of that will matter when you’re done with school. None of that determines who you are as a person.
You are more than a grade, a sport, a paper, or some stupid boy or girl that you dated in high school. Those things don’t define you. So don’t waste all of your time focusing on the things that don’t define you. Focus on the things that make you your idea of being even better than you were yesterday. Being a better you. And if being a better you means getting out of bed a few minutes earlier than the day before, then you’re doing just fine. You’re doing more than fine. You are doing more than enough, and you are more than enough.