I recently did an interview with my friend Rachel (scroll down to watch it), and she asked me “If millions of people were watching this right now, what would you say?” and my response was: don’t give up.
Why do I say this?
In the words of my Mom:
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Her other favorite thing to say was “Life’s a bitch, and then you die,” but that’s another story for another time.
But in all seriousness, life is f**king hard. People die, things don’t go your way, and people can be bullies. But you know what? If you let your circumstances define who you are, then you fall victim to whatever is happening right now – floating through life letting the drama define who you are. You, my friend, are much more than that. You have gifts, talents, DREAMS that need to be realized. You need to carry them through, even when you want to give up. When you want to give up is when the magic happens.
If I gave up after my Mom died, I wouldn’t have taken pre-calc and physics my senior year of HS. My Mom was a C student, and she always was so proud of my hard work and grades in high school. There was no way I was letting her down.
Pre-calc and physics ignited my love for math and numbers. My freshman year, I missed math, so I decided to change my major from elementary education to mathematics education. Was I naturally good at math? No. But I had the drive and passion for succeeding. After college, I went on to teach high school math for two years.
Stories like this have continued to play out in my life over and over because I simply said to myself “I won’t give up.” I refuse to give up on myself, and you need to vow the same. When someone says no, work harder until you hear yes. When you want to give up, remind yourself why you started.