Hey friends, hope you’re all well. Anybody else slowly melting from this crazy heatwave we’ve got going in the UK?! I have some life news this week – I’ve just started a new job! It’s a secondment within a similar department but it could be a great opportunity for now and the future. As a side, it also gives me some time away from my permanent position which has had its fair share of ups and downs the past year – that’s a whole other story! The change, whilst good, has got me thinking about the amount of times I have failed to take action to change my circumstances, relying on “fate” or opportunities to fall at my feet. I think I’ve been worried that things won’t work out and so use the possibility of failure as a reason not to try. Or even worse – I’ve been worried about what other people would say. Both of which, to be frank, are so counter-productive it would be funny if it wasn’t such a shame.
The BEST things in life happen when we least expect it but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be going out there to make our own good fortunes. I know I am actively trying to better myself, my life, my choices and trying to quash that annoying voice in my head that tells me all the reasons not to try. We are both our own best friend and worst enemy, the struggle is real friends.
Now, the “I have a really cool music taste” side of me is cringing at the mere prospect of the next sentence. However as a lover of a good lyric I want to turn your attention to a song with more meaningful lyrics then it receives credit for (IMO). I present Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb’ ladies and gents.
I’m going to need you to look past the interesting choice of Disney-esque song (it was the noughties don’t judge me) and just read the lyrics like a poem.
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head saying
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Gotta keep tryingThanks Miley
The line that gets me is “Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose” because yes, sometimes shit goes wrong, it feels overwhelming and like a major setback. But..success isn’t linear. You don’t have to continue hitting home runs to make it big, in fact occasionally the ones we miss are those that teach us the biggest lesson.
Put yourself out there, take a risk in the face of all adversity and remember the only permission you need to make a change is your own. Life is short and, let’s face it, a fucking up and down rollercoaster sometimes (2020 am I right?), so do what makes you happy. Or at the very least just don’t do what makes you unhappy.
We got this.