Motivation please!

My dad and I

Maybe what’s missing from my life is the opportunity to embarrassingly demolish someone in something I’m really good at. Like back in the good ol’ days when striving to be a pro tennis player was my top priority. This may be a bad thing, but I’m being honest here. Growing up my goal was to be the best. Get the best grades, be the best tennis player, get in to the best college, get the best internships and eventually graduate and kick ass in my career! I had clear goals for myself- a pretty straight forward path. I’m really proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished, but now, as a young adult trying to figure out what my “thing” is- life has become kind of like a big mind game. Me against myself. The challenge: staying positive and motivated when I’m not exactly killin’ the game right now. At least I don’t feel like it.

Back in the day- 2004
Back in the day- 2004

Obviously, as a 24 year old, I don’t expect to be making bank or be an “expert” at much. But unfortunately, I can be quite an emotional wreck at times regardless of what my rational self knows to be true. Life in general- especially at this age- is hard. Stress is coming at you in all directions, things are unpredictable and, at least for me, there’s always that pressure, expectation and desire to keep excelling. It’s intimidating trying to figure out what career is right for you. What is that job that you’ll be truly happy doing everyday? A job that will turn into a career that will actually be fulfilling? One that makes you happy, allows you a solid work-life balance and gives you the freedom to live an enjoyable life? I’m not sure yet what that job looks like. And to be fair, I question if such a job exists. I might just try marrying rich. Totally joking. But seriously, here are some inspirational quotes that have helped me gain perspective in the pursuit of happiness:

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