Trudging Through The Mud: Making the Most of Even the Least Exciting Experiences
I’ve got three weeks left in the semester. Only a handful of remaining papers and exams stand in the way between me and the summer. But my momentum is running low.
I’m trying to chase my dreams but I’m running into 2 problems:
- I’m not particularly sure which dream I should be chasing
- I’m positive Journalism 101 has nothing to do with it.
I’m worn out with being forced to take filler classes that are irrelevant to my degree. Not that I’m even positive at this point that my current degree path is even relevant.
But, nevertheless, I carry on because I live in a time where having that Bachelors degree is oh so essential to your success and being taken seriously.
And, realistically, I know it is important. And it is vital to some of the dreams I’m wanting to chase. But I end up feeling so disconnected, sitting in classrooms, listening to yet another lecture I don’t seem to be gaining anything beneficial from.
Instead of paying attention, I end anxious, with a nasty case of restlessness and wanderlust. I’m ready to be out there actually doing.
So often the message we get is that, above all else, we should follow our passions. Of course, that message is popular, it feels exciting and full of energy. But what gets left out is that sometimes the road to getting there is messy, muddy, and just plain boring.
But even in those moments, there’s something to be gained. The boring classes, exhausting jobs, and difficult interactions all contribute to who you are and the eventual realization of your goals.
Right now, you may have no idea how the experiences you’re going through are going to play a role in your future life and self, but they are. You have to trust the process, though.
If you’re like me though, being told to simply ‘trust the process’ can feel frustrating and passive. One thing I’ve found that’s really helped and is something that’s become my mantra through difficult points in my life is asking myself “how can I learn from this?”.
Constantly being open to ways to grow is essential to being present and being invested. Have integrity and pride for the work you create, even if it doesn’t seem important right now. Living your passion isn’t just a happy ending. Behind every perfect Instagram post, every paid vacation, there are years of hard work and jobs that didn’t make it to the resume.
Sometimes, you have no choice but to trudge through the mud because it’s part of the responsibility that’s required of you. But mud can be washed off, and you’ll be stronger and better for it in the long run.
Allow these experiences to change you. You have no idea what role the lessons you are learning now will play in your life later on.
Have you had any points in your life where you’ve had to “trudge through the mud”? And have you have the opportunity to see how the lessons you learned helped you later on?