When I was a broadcasting student, it was a Gonzaga Television tradition to clap and sing along with as it played in the background of one of our commercials. I know that song from front to end, especially the chorus because it just became a thing at the broadcasting building (If you don’t know that song, you are missing out. Stop now and youtube it! Here, I will even link the song.) Little did I know, that song has become my mantra for pretty much everything hard.
At least for me, right now I am facing getting a lot of school work done in a short period of time. I am one of those ambitious people who decided to take a lot of classes during summer semester, and boy can it be hard sometimes. For the last few weeks, I have been going to class in the morning, coming home, working on homework until midnight, sleeping until 2 a.m., doing more homework and repeating the cycle and I still feel like I am falling behind sometimes. It would be easier for me but the work involves historically difficult subjects like math (all the Calculus classes you can imagine) and physics.
But really, like anything in life, whether it be trying to find a new job, training for a race, buying a house for the first time, or just going through a really really hard day things will get difficult and you should never let something stop you from what you are doing.
One of my favorite quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt is “A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”
It makes me feel empowered to know that you can grow stronger just by feeling the heat (ha! Weather joke!) And as my husband says, “boy howdy is it freaking hot!” But I know I can get through it.
I also heard some quote on TV, (was it a psychologist? a pastor? I really don’t remember) that you will never feel right about something and in fact feel frustrated until you actually start working towards you dreams.
I know that is the truth because there have been many a time I have wanted to do something and got scared and chickened out. And until I started moving towards my dream (especially my career in weather and a few other miscellaneous things), I was not happy with myself deep down inside. In fact, I would look fine on the outside, but something was just rattling around in my head, wanting me to just accomplish one of my goals.
So, yes, it is hard. Life itself is hard. But I’m going to be strong and be shouting the lyrics to nothing is going to stop me now in my head until I accomplish my goals. And you should too. Don’t let something hinder you from taking the steps needed to achieve things beyond you wildest dreams. Don’t let fear or the risk of failure hinder you, because you won’t be happy unless you try.
So sing along just like me to Jefferson Starship when you are having hard times and remember, NOTHING”S GONNA STOP US NOWWWWWWW.