In between classes I enjoy spending my time reading various articles written by every day people who have something to say. My favorite sources are typically Medium and Business Insider. In addition, they both have apps so it’s super easy to stay connected on the go.
Typically my mind searches for the most entertaining and thought provoking stories so I thought it would be nice to share one of my favorites with you titled, “Rise” by Nojan Hajiabbassi. This short story tugs at your heart by reminiscing on an incident from the author’s traumatizing childhood and the decision to not let his struggles define him.
Just like you, I have days where I feel hopeless and discouraged and on those days I like to re-read this story to remember that I need to stop feeling sorry for myself. Someone isn’t going to magically show up at your convenience and make your life do a 360. Life isn’t a movie, nor is is a fairytale and the sooner you realize that, the better off you’ll be. If you want to be happy then you need to get out there and spend time doing things that you enjoy. Your driving force shouldn’t be for notoriety or to compete, but to satisfy yourself.
Growing up a lot of my friends and their parents would jokingly tell me that they could see me being famous one day. I would laugh and ask them, “what for?” but they wouldn’t be able to pin point one thing. I used to sit back and tell myself that if that’s what is meant to happen then it’ll happen, but that’s not the way the world works. As cliche as this sounds, I need to take my life into my own hands and do whatever it takes to make my dreams come true.
Laying in bed for days and hiding from society when the world challenges you isn’t putting you on the fast track to fulfilling your destiny. You must rise like a phoenix from the ashes every time you get pushed down and never look back. That’s the inspiring message that I took from Hajiabbassi’s story and I hope it aids as a sign for you to keep going no matter what stage of life you’re at.