Posted in Life, Uncertainty

That’s Taking Nothing For Granted…

By Brittany Davis

It’s easy to take anything in life for granted because we always assume that tomorrow is promised, so what you do today doesn’t really affect anything you do, right? Wrong. There are few things in life, if any, that are truly guaranteed.  Which is why the people you meet and the relationships you create should be cherished because it’s only within those very moments that they’re certain. Don’t become complacent. Treat everyday as a new opportunity.  A chance to tell those who matter to you just how much you need them. A test of your character to try to and  face the obstacles that present themselves every day head on.

You have to learn to not sweat the small stuff. You have to learn to realize they’re just details.  They might define you at the moment, but they don’t define you as a person. Who you are and what you stand for are things that nobody else can control.  People are going to talk, give them more to say.  People are going to try and break you, give them more reasons to try.  Everyday you live the life you want the people trying to tear you down lose a breath, make them suffer. Each day you wake up you are given the ability to start over.  You’re given the chance to correct yesterday’s  mistakes. The person you were yesterday can be made better today because nothing in this life is permanent. Nothing in this life lasts forever. The chance to realize it is here.

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Posted in Life, Self-Worth, Uncertainty

That’s Not Letting Life Stop You…

By Brittany Davis

It should come as no surprise that life doesn’t always work out the way you feel it should. Maybe you were up all night studying for a test and your friend went out to a party. The day you get your grades back, she did better. You’re left thinking how the hell did that happen? Or, how about you’re trying out for the school play, you’re clearly more talented and passionate about the part but the director picks someone else. It sucks. The person you’re crushing on, ends up trying to get a date with your best friend. The scenarios are endless, and this is probably one of those cases where the more times it happens..it doesn’t make it any easier. Despite the fact that life can suck sometimes, you have to keep pushing through. Whether you believe that good things happen to good people, all good things happen in time, or that eventually the other shoe will drop–whatever your philosophy, embrace it. Believe it. Why? Continue reading “That’s Not Letting Life Stop You…”

Posted in Life, Uncertainty

That’s Our Fate…

By Brittany Davis

The reality is that things are going to happen that change the plot of the life you’re living, but within the big picture it all works out as it is supposed to.  You can chalk it up to things happening for a reason, or it just being the way life works out, but to say that our life is  predetermined– what is this saying?  That we  have no control over what happens in our lives?  Sure, there are some things that happen that we can chalk up to fate, but it can only take us so far.  At a certain point it comes down to us and our actions.  The choices we make and how we react to what comes before us.  So many times we just let life define us; can’t we define ourselves? Continue reading “That’s Our Fate…”

Posted in Life, Post-Graduation, Self-Worth, Uncategorized

I just wanna be successful…

By Brittany Davis

Being so eager to start our careers, it strangely enough has me thinking about what it will feel like somewhere down the road. Ya know, when we actually get there. When we’re successful. We’re so quick to throw around that word, to strive to achieve it. But what is success? Is it making six figures? A flashy car? Private jet? Maybe it’s the big house with the white picket fence, 2.5 kids and a husband that puts Ryan Reynolds to shame. We’re all so quick to start our journey; to be able to call ourselves successful..but by whose standards? Society? Our family? Our friends? Who is to say what our lives should amount to?

Doing well in your career is important, absolutely. That’s kind of a huge point of pursuing them. But our jobs shouldn’t take over our lives, they should be a part of them. At the end of the day you want to be doing something you enjoy, doing something that has a purpose. Whether the purpose it fulfills is to someone else, or to yourself, what you do should matter. Success is so much more than being able to show up at your ten year high school reunion being able to show up your past classmates. It’s about showing up and having something to show for the time that’s passed. Maybe it’s a little cliche, but success to me is the intangibles. The memories created along the way and all the battles we overcame to get there. Success is waking up in the morning and knowing that this is what you wanted and not somebody else. It’s striving  for more and not becoming complacent, but always having dreams as well as the desire to achieve them. At the end of the day, all that matters is that your smiling. Being happy with what you’ve accomplished, and where you are, but more importantly with who you are, to me? It doesn’t get any more successful than that.

Posted in Life, Uncategorized, Uncertainty, Unemployment

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming…

By Brittany Davis

It’s crazy to think about the fact that you work your whole life to get to this point. The countless hours you spend studying and finding things to stack your resume to get the
best job. Sports. Community Service. Honors. Awards. You spend four years, but ultimately your entire life, doing whatever it takes to ensure that you will be the best candidate for the job your applying for. You think that because you’ve worked your ass off, it’s going to pay off, and it probably will. The thing is, nobody ever tells you what it feels like to wait. To apply to job after job and see no pay off. Yeah it’s a bad economy, and something crazy like 85% of us are unemployed and living at home with our parents again. You still think that that statistic is just a number; a number that couldn’t possibly include you.

I mean think about it. You got good grades, you mastered the material you were expected to master. You had the internships, you have the drive, but now it’s up to you to make it known that you’re ready. I’ll be honest, it’s a little discouraging. Knowing that you’ve worked so hard, and don’t have a job to show for it. It’s the not knowing that’s tough. The fact that you’ve applied to countless jobs and the only thing you have to show for it is the high number of e-mails in your “sent folder.” I’ve heard some people say that looking for a job, is a full time job. Turns out that it is more than just a clever saying, unfortunately it can also ring true. It’s hard to have faith that somewhere out there is a job for you, maybe not the dream job you’ve been envisioning but a job where you can prove you belong. The chance to prove that you aren’t all talk, and you have something to offer not only the company, but the world. Continue reading “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming…”

Posted in Life, Post-Graduation, Uncategorized, Unemployment

Hindsight…

By Brittany Davis

“Today’s the day my life begins. Today I become a citizen of the world. Today I become a grown up. Today I become accountable to someone other than myself and my parents. Accountable for more than my grades. Today, I become accountable to the world. To the future. To all the possibilities that life has to offer. Starting today, my job is to show up wide eyed and willing and ready. For what, I don’t know. For anything. For everything. To take on life. To take on love. To take on the responsibility and possibility. Today, my friends, our lives begin. And, I for one can’t wait.”

                                 –Greys Anatomy

The day of graduation I had this quote on Facebook.  I remember watching the episode of Grey’s Anatomy when it aired hearing the quote and reminding myself that when it came time for it to be that day, the quote would ring as true to me then as it just had. This idea of accountability. Of taking control of your life. Your actions. Choices. Mistakes. Triumphs. To see past GPA’s and honors, beyond the drama within friendships, to look over the parties and hangovers. Accountability: being responsible for what’s to come. This concept is something that is overlooked. When I first heard this quote, I was filled with hope in its’ promise. Intrigued by the complete incompleteness it had to offer me. It was reassuring in it’s lack of clarity. It didn’t tell me that I would walk out with a job, just that I would be walking out. It didn’t tell me that I was going to be sucessful, it just reminded me that I was going to “be.”

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