Writing by Resty

Freelance Writer and Web Developer

Tag: happiness

Taking a look back on 2017 and making plans for 2018

ashley-knedler-75600Shortcomings and Triumphs

In 2017, I overcame a lot of challenges. I moved out, I traveled to Europe, and I made incredible strides in my writing ability—but these were not accomplished without having faced a few challenges. I made a lot of mistakes in 2017 as I’ve made in the past before that, but that’s not to say I haven’t done many things right. Those mistakes have taught me to look forward and continue pushing on. Having learned from my faults, I’ve made adjustments to my previous goals and set a new 12 for this upcoming year.

Last year, I made a few bad investments and I hurt my knee in April running 10 miles on the treadmill, automatically disqualifying me from two of my goals: run a half marathon and a regular marathon. I exacerbated the injury playing basketball and was sidelined for a long time. I was seeing results, but then reinjured the knee in October playing tug-of-war at a work event. I’m receiving physical therapy for my injury, which is good, but I need to be careful and nurse my knee until I’m able to start running again.

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In Spite of Obstacles

Blog #010

The pursuit of happiness takes dedication and consistency.

There’s something to be said about remaining consistent despite what obstacles may be in the way. It can be difficult to remain resolute when evidence points otherwise. Popularity often sways weak minds, persuading them to abandon their faith in favor of immediate gratification or relief. Often times, reaching contentment will stifle creativity and productivity. A person needs to remain convicted to achieving their goals in order to be successful.

There’s something to be said about conviction. Despite what news may reveal about an opposing idea, remaining faithful to one’s beliefs will often produce results in favor of that conviction. Similar to many principles set forth in the Civil Rights Movement, remaining convinced that truth will eventually prevail in time despite of the majority belief can often produce favorable accomplishments.img_1970

The idea is as old as verbal folklore. The story of the Tortoise and the Hare illustrates this moral fairly well. Where the talented hare failed to remain dedicated to finishing the race, the tortoise succeeded in finishing the race. Despite the hare’s predisposition to his natural speed, the tortoise won because he remained steadily pursuing his one goal relentlessly.

It can be difficult to remain consistent when life happens. Life isn’t linear, and things happen that can set the ship off course. We’re human, and it’s easy to be lead astray from the path to success. But those that remain consistent in spite of life’s misfortunes will undoubtedly progress up towards their goal.

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