Well, it’s been a difficult week… but instead of worrying about things (and people) beyond my control, I decided to instead turn my focus toward navigating the storms with a single sentiment in mind: “Be Better Not Bitter.” In fact, that quote fit so well with my current situation, that I came home and illustrated this handy little sign:
Life should be a constant journey to better oneself. If I’m in a situation where I’m not learning or growing (or find I’m regressing), it’s time to move on. If you don’t, you’re only cheating yourself. While a familiar and comfortable job may be easy, complacency is simply not the path to success. So I had to decide: do I want to teach, or do I want to learn? I chose to take the challenge ahead of me and see how much deeper the rabbit hole goes. I don’t feel like I’ve reached the apex of my career by any means, so with so much more to learn, the decision was simple. Unfortunately, my choice to do what’s best for me wasn’t met with understanding and compassion. I feel that everyone should have a right to chase their dreams, and no one should ever be resented for doing it. Is it selfish to want to be a better person?
So today’s words have several meanings. I need to focus on improving the only thing I can: myself, and let go of those who’ve decided not to support me. I need to stop blaming myself for things that I could not change. I need to remind myself that I didn’t fail, the situation failed itself. I need to remember to hold my head high and always face the sun. If every person took the time and energy they put into being bitter and resentful, and instead applied it toward bettering themselves, what a world it would be!
So this is my opportunity. I’m standing at the crossroads of bitter and better… and I choose to be better. I only wish everyone would do the same.