How to get back on track when you've fallen off (and other stories)
Love is never late
I know, I know, I’ve been on a roll with these romantic sounding titles and posts and all that. Maybe they’re telling of other things happening elsewhere, but I keep thinking about how this is my final semester in undergrad and what an amazing ride it’s been!
Yesterday my friend Priscilla was in my school for a class (we’re finally taking a class together!) If you don’t know Priscilla or about her, then you really don’t know me haha. She’s my spirit animal and soul sister and we have this amazing bond that surprises even me.
We had a fascinating conversation before our 7pm class yesterday evening.
We spoke about school and how no one ever tells you that you really can be the best that there is to be. Does that make sense? I remember coming to America and thinking that all I had to do was not fail my classes, you know, stay in the safe threshold and not get kicked out of school.
I probably sound like a broken record right now, but it was so amazing for me to find, after two full academic years, that I could perform well in school if I applied myself. Priscilla shared many similar sentiments and she gave me some very wise advice that I cannot hoard.
- Look to the future- Although we both felt like we could have started out on things that we genuinely loved and were passionate about, we eventually have found our feet in majors that keep us active, engaged, and fulfilled. The best way from here is forward. The experiences and knowledge behind us only serve to guide us into the future, not to prevent us from looking to it. Ahead of us lie all the things that we will do with our passionate, engaged, and fulfilled selves. Ahead lies all the experiences that are waiting to be had, the people waiting to be met and loved, and the lives waiting to be changed.
- Gratitude is what keeps you going. My big word from last year was gratitude. I have found that being grateful for what I have works wonders on my mind and in my spiritual life. When I want something from God, I remind myself to count my blessings and name them one by one. Once I get that exercise going, I find that my soul is renewed and my joy is once again full. Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. It centers and reminds us of God’s love in our lives. We may not have all the answers today but we certainly aren’t where we were last year or two years ago.
- It’s never too late to start over. As much as I wish that my gpa could be calculated from just my last two years of college, I’m very proud of myself for how far I’ve come. From being the lost kid in chemistry and biology and physics class to faithfully running this blog, I’m far from who I was. As much as there are things that I want to achieve, like read more books and become a morning person and write more and so on, the things that I have done are indications to me that God isn’t done with me yet. He’s still in the process of refining, fixing, tearing apart, and rebuilding. He has a lot in store for us, and He doesn’t give up until we are conformed to the image of Christ.
If God doesn’t give up, we certainly cannot. If you’ve felt like you’re on the wrong path, or like you’re lost and have no bearing, begin today to thank God for where He’s brought you from. When you name the things that have gone well for you over the years, you can find a common theme or thread that can become your north star for where God wants you to be.
This has been an incredibly wonderful post to write, mainly because it’s all coming from my heart. That’s so cheesy, right? lol
Please let me know what you think!