The first week of school has officially ended and can I just say DAMN! My ass was handed to me this week. With each class only being 8 weeks long, they are already fast-paced in and of themselves. Combine that with a too packed week and you get spending Friday night at home finishing homework (already delirious) and praying to get more than 5 hours of sleep.
I am overwhelmed to say the least. I know that this is most definitely manageable though. It’s really just a matter of allowing myself an adjustment period. I haven’t been to school in 5 years and let’s be serious, working a full-time job, being on the Relay for Life committee, finding time to workout, trying to maintain a small social life, and finishing all the discussions, labs, assignments, and reading for 2 classes is not exactly easy to balance.
In the midst of this crazy and completely draining week, I’ve noticed some changes. Primarily changes in some people’s behaviors. It’s amazing how when you finally do something for yourself, how truly unsupportive your so-called friends really are. In my FIRST week of classes, I was already getting shit from people about not being able to attend events, not being able to stay long at happy hour, etc etc… and it truly surprised me. Here I am, taking a huge leap and doing something that will essentially help me have a better career, and I’m getting push back from the people that I need support from the most.
After a long chat with a close friend tonight, I was reminded of a blog post that I read earlier this week. The post is titled, “Belong to Yourself & You’ll Find Who Else You Belong To!” As much as I loved the entire post, there were 2 parts that really stuck with me that I want to share with you:
“When you’re surrounded by the right people, who believe what you believe and support your dreams, you can thrive.”
and a Will Smith quote:
“You will see how far in life you’ll go with the 5 people you spend the most amount of time with.”
I see very clearly now that not everyone is going to support my decision to go back to school but I realize now more than ever that the people who don’t support me are not the right kind of people that I need to be surrounded with.
If you only take one thing from my rambling rant tonight (which may not even make sense tomorrow), please take this with you:
Surround yourself with people that will lift you up in moments of weakness, doubt, and fear, and then lift you up even higher in moments of happiness, love, and hope. Everyone else is irrelevant to the betterment of YOU.
“Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
*Blog title lyric credit goes to Passion Pit – Little Secrets
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