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Run Your Race

Like most "20-something year olds", I'm on a mission to find my passion and find my purpose in life. Of course this is a lot easier said than done. The past few years of my life have been filled with ups, downs, and everything in between. I've struggled to figure out exactly what it is I'm here to do. It's caused me to even slip into depressive episodes at times. It feels like there's so much pressure placed on me to be the best version of my self RIGHT NOW. I felt like I was being pressured by my family, my friends, my peers, and people I didn't even know. I had to take a second and evaluate some of the things in my life that caused me to feel like this. I found that the number one culprit was social media. In this digital age of instant gratification I found myself feeling less than others when my life didn't match up to their posts. I wasn't taking trips to Hawaii or Dubai at 16 years old. I was stuck in West Philly working at a run down Ross Dress For Less on City Line.

However, as I reflected more and more I realized that most of the things that people post on social media are fabricated or just plain fake. Most people aren't even remotely as cool as they want you to believe. In fact, those same "instafamous" stars were probably just as depressed as I was. I had to realize that no matter what I saw other people doing, I had to focus on what was in front of me. I had to move at my own pace. I had to run my own race. There is no instruction manual for my life, because there has never been another me. The same goes for each and every one of us. The reason why life seems so hard at times is because there is no one that has done YOUR life before you. We have to figure our own lives out, and that can be scary and confusing, but it is definitely possible. Never forget to run your race, and always keep your head up. I'll also link a video below to a spoken word piece I did a few years back about depression and pressure.

Go At Your Pace. Run Your Race.