The First Step

I recently noticed how much I have changed since I began college.  From my perspective, I used to be more daring, confident and outgoing.

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When I began freshmen year, no one could stop me from being exactly who I wanted to be.

I now feel more cautious, calculating and dedicated to my school work, job and organizations.  These are not necessarily negative things, but I wish I had some of that old spark back.

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I now feel like I am constantly watching my step, always trying to say and do the right thing.

In an effort to regain some of those old traits, I have decided to make some changes in my life which will take me out of my comfort zone.

I made a decision several years ago that I wanted to get serious about my school work and future.  Now that my future is rapidly approaching, I feel more unprepared than ever before.

I spent these past few years building up my resumé with skills and involvement, keeping my grades up and watching others put off these things in favor of having fun.

I always thought I was getting ahead, but really they were passing me by.  Although I may be qualified for jobs, I turned myself into a worrier.

That is something I am going to change right now.

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We have to take the first step. No one else can do it for us, and we cannot be afraid of what might happen.

Starting today, I am challenging myself.  I will do the things I told myself I could not or should not do.

I am not putting it off until next week or next month either.

I have looked through several lists which include ways to improve oneself.  Even if you are content with who you are, these lists include valuable ways to push yourself and reach new heights.

The first thing on my list I want to do is change bad habits.  I will eat better, work out and think positively.

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I am through being afraid. I want to live life to the fullest.

I have wanted to get in shape my entire life, but I have never had the determination to do so.  I know many of you may feel the same way.

Together, we are going to learn the best ways to be healthy, get in shape and love ourselves.

I will jog for thirty minutes today, and I will eat a reasonable amount of food at my meals. This is not a drastic plan, but it is a start.  If we can commit to taking this one day at a time, we will change our lives.

My friends and family support me, but I will not always be able to depend on them.  They can only motivate me so far until I have to rely on myself.

There will be days where they will tell me it is okay to get the large fries or drink a soda.  Who will defend me then?

I have to be independent and my own motivator.  Having others around me will help, but if I am fully reliant on them, I will surely fail.

I can do this, and so can you.

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