Life. Is. HARD.
Growing up, we are all told that adulthood isn’t easy, but you don’t really understand until you begin that transition. Bills begin to roll in, your workload gets heavier and if you’re a grad student like me, school takes up at least 87.9% of your life. It’s hard. Not to mention, you have to deal with other emotional and mental issues that naturally come with adulthood AND a lot of other issues that DON’T come naturally with adulthood. IT’S HARD.
So, what do you do?
Well, I know for certain that the easier option is to just give up. You can simply throw in the towel and say “to hell with everything.” I mean, why stress over getting a degree? Why work so hard to pursue your dream career that’s only going to cause you more stress? Why try so hard to find yourself and build your brand when you have a million other things on your plate? Why not take the easy route and walk away from it all?
OR … you can choose the more difficult option which is to hang on in there. First of all, giving up may be the easy thing to do, but let’s be honest, how will it benefit you in the long run? Personally, I’ve been dealing with whether or not I should continue my grad school journey. Although I did a great job for my first two courses, it was kind of rough and I can tell the next courses are going to be even harder. Now, I could take the easy way out and drop out. This will allow me to have more free time and I wouldn’t have to worry about anymore schoolwork. HOWEVER, the degree that I am pursuing could open so many doors for me and allow me to make a lot more money in my field than I would without it. (SN: dropping out would also mean money wasted.) After evaluating the trade-offs of giving up, I decided to just hang on and trust God. This journey WILL be hard and I may cry a few times along the way, BUT I know it will all pay off.
You may be experiencing a similar battle and it may seem as if your struggle is just too much to even deal with. As you consider whether to continue the fight or not, remember this: “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded (2 Chronicles 15:7).” My mom always tells me, “Keep your eyes on the prize.” Whenever things get extremely tough, take a moment to ask God for assistance and always remember the end goal. Mary Mary said it best, “Nobody told me the road would be easy and I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.” Yes, you’ll have moments when giving up seems to be the best choice, but true rewards don’t come easy. We all have to work, fight, pray and trust that God will bring us through. So, just hang on!
P.S. This song has kept me encouraged recently, so check it out: