It’s OK to take a break and go for tea with your best friend!
As young people we are often told we can do whatever we set our minds to, that if we work hard we will succeed, and that we should reach for greatness in all that we do. This mindset, while motivating and inspiring, is also constricting and guilt inducing. If we do not succeed does that mean we are not working hard enough? What is greatness? How do we know if we have reached it? If we fail to achieve a goal does this mean that it is because we are flawed?
Of course not! Other things influence our world. We are not the be all end all of our reality. We may not have reached our financial goal for the month because our child was sick and we had to stay home from work. This does not mean we are flawed-quite the opposite I would think! If we cannot run a marathon because of a bad knee it does not mean we have not worked hard to do so! We are not flawed because of external circumstance.
In this day and age I think it is important to take time to give ourselves breaks from the pressure of success. It is OK to take time for yourself. It is OK to fail. It is OK to be happy with where you are at in this moment.
An above all…
It is OK to take a break from the pressures of the world and go for tea with your best friend!