Every Tuesday will be dedicated to guest bloggers who wish to share their spiritual insights on life. This week I'd like to introduce one of my nearest and dearest friend, Lauren Porsi. Lauren Porsi is also a Penn State grad with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Join her as she explores the concept of courage and how it applies to her own life...
Courage. It’s something that none of us are born with initially, but something that we can, with time, achieve. It took me all of 22 years to even grasp this concept and have many more years to hold on tight and see what I have in me.
I don’t think that gaining courage is easy nor does it happens overnight, but once you have it, you’ll see it’s worth the wait. After the reality of graduation slapped me in the face like a 2x4, I was at a job my major had nothing to do with, making little money. I saw myself turning into this habitual robot every day I walked in the doors. It was a job that I should have been lucky to even have in the current economy, (at least that’s what I was told by my parents). Going into a job that I could, at the time, do with my eyes closed, was simply unsatisfying. Is this what I spent over $20,000 a year for? Absolutely not. However, as I used to do with many things, I settled. I was living my life on cruise control with all of the windows up.
If I’m lucky, statistically I’ll live to the average age of 80.1; that is if I’m extremely lucky enough to remain disease/cancer/accident free. Already 27% into my statistically-given life, it was time to let the windows down. Sending countless resumes out, picturing myself living in each of these cities was terrifying. What good is living in a major city if you have no one to share it with? In these moments it became clear to me, if I’m going to be scared this early in my life, I’m going to wake up at 45-years-old alone in my parents basement with 18 cats, 19 if you count the one that’s missing under my bed. This is when the courage set in.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but taking courageous steps toward your future will help you believe in yourself and know you are going to do great things in your life. If you don’t have courage and believe in yourself, how can you expect other people to? Courage gave me the sight of my future, what I want to do, where I want to go, and whom I want to spend it with. It is completely sophomoric to believe that everything will be okay and that everything will turn out your way. The only thing that is holding you back from succeeding in life is courage, and the only person that can change it is yourself. If you don’t like something, change it, I did.
Well said, LaurPor! You go girl!!!
Encouraging one post at a time~