What's Important?

And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!’ And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, ‘No. This is what’s important.
— Iain S. Thomas
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Hey guys :)

It’s finally Friday. If you have to work this weekend at your job, doing house work, homework or otherwise, I just wanted to urge you to take some time for yourself (sooner than later) and relax. I know as young adults (shoot, even as humans,) we’re constantly being bombarded with advertisements and other pressures. The media will tell us what’s cool and what we need to buy RIGHT NOW. It’ll tell us what movies we NEED to see. It’ll even ensure us that what the celebrities wear to the Golden Globes is SUPER important and that it should matter to us.

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Not to mention, the media isn’t the only force that pressures. We can also feel pressure from our family, our peers, our jobs and our schools. We can be told what to do and how to feel and what we need to buy and where we need to live and what steps we HAVE to take to get there (forgive my run-on rant,) but seriously: the world is filled with so many voices.

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Point being, WE have to listen to  and be guided by OUR OWN voice. We have to choose what’s important; we shouldn't let the world pressure us. Of course, we have certain obligations and can’t jump willy-nilly off the walls. But we sure as heck can say what moves us and what doesn't. We can decide whether or not we REALLY need a hot new mustang, or if we REALLY think something is funny. You can decide to take time off of work to visit your Grandfather who you haven’t seen in ages. You can decide to go on a road trip because exploring matters to you! You can decide how you want to look and whether or not you feel beautiful. The world doesn't get to make that decision FOR you. The world doesn't get to tell you what’s beautiful. The world doesn't get to tell you what matters and what doesn't matter. You get to tell yourself that. And if this is your ONE and only life, make sure you’re the one who’s deciding what’s important and what you make time for, not the world. Make sure you're the one behind the wheel.

 

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Also... have fun this weekend :). I'm sure all of you really deserve it.

Your Spokester in thought,

Vicky :)