Henry Ward Beecher once said, “we should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
I would just like to say thank you, thank you, thank you; to everyone reading this, all of my followers, and everyone who has supported me since my first blogpost. There was a time in my life where I felt stuck. In a mindless stage of sadness and self-pity. I got so negative and down on myself that I didn’t see or appreciate the good things while they were happening. That is when I created The Lessons of Yesterday.
The title in itself expresses my new and much improved outlook on life. Everyday is a new day, yesterday teaches us lessons and tomorrow gives us hope. I feel as the generations go on, kids, young adults, and parents are dealing with more stress than necessary. Sometimes, stress is inevitable. But, we need to stop fueling the flames and not stress over the little things in life. If something that is happening won’t matter in a month, a year, or even five years from now… why would you create the stress on your body, mind, and soul?
I am thankful for the time I spent crying in my dorm room, I am thankful for the tests I’ve failed, the homework I have forgotten to do, the break-ups, the places I have worked, the trophies I’ve won, the competitions I’ve lost, and even the negativity that is shown my way. These are all lessons. A lesson is supposed to teach us something and through all the bad, I have learned that everything will be okay. I was tired of being Eeyore in the Magical World of Winnie the Pooh.
It was when I stopped doubting myself and the world around me that everything started to fall into place. I started dressing different, and finding my own style. I began to develop my own study habits. I went to the gym everyday as a stress reliever. And I continued to write, but this time I decided to hit “publish” and make my thoughts public. And it has been through all of this that I am who I am today. I am the happiest I have been in a long time. No, everyday isn’t sunny and no, not everything goes my way…but I learned to appreciate the bad because it really shows the good. I learned to change my thought process and mindset and I am truly a better version of myself because of it. I never would have thought that my blog would take me as far as it has. People are constantly texting and messaging me thanking me saying things like “your blog has literally changed me,” “I wait every week for you to post something new” and “you go girl!”
So, I just wanted you to know that I wouldn’t be who I am with out you; without your support, your love, your hope, and your motivation. If you haven’t yet been told today, know that I love you. And to all my friends and family, you mean more to me than any amount of words could express. So here’s to you…