Ok, I have stolen those lyrics from Disclosure (pls don’t sue me), but they are so relevant nonetheless. The ‘bold’ effect on the text doesn’t really stress it enough.

On my way home from the gym this morning, this track came on and inspired me to write this post which has been brewing over in my mind for a while:

Ambition: The Drive to Live to your Best.

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Growing up, you get to the point where life isn’t just about successfully waking up for the day any more. You feel like you need something more, and that burn can be quite infectious.

I’m quite a passionate person and I love what interests me, and now I am (technically speaking) an actual adult, I’m doing what I can to make my dream a reality – and that is of course to become the world’s biggest cliché that y’all have ever seen. IDC – it makes me happy. I really want to have my own office overlooking central park, and be the editor-in-chief of Cosmpolitan magazine, whilst writing some cracking novels on the side and of course making the world laugh, and I’m gonna see about making that happen one day. Joanna Coles is literally living my dream and I admire her so much!

Although this is a dream, what’s stopping me from making it happen? It’s ambitious I’ll give you that, but at what point is Regina George going to tell you:

“Stop trying to make your dreams happen. It’s not going to happen.”

Although she will probably tell you that “fetch'”is not going to happen, spoiler alert.

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Ambition is what motivates me to get up in the morning, whereas in earlier years I’d just worry about getting through A levels – and fair enough. Now, I’m a finalist in my last ever semester as an undergraduate and the fear is really beginning to kick the fuck in. Now I wake up almost annoyed that there aren’t enough hours in the day – have I suddenly just become middle-aged?

No – it’s exciting. Imagine if you used every minute in the day and put it towards achieving your dreams, how much closer would you be? The intrigue alone is enough to make me keep working. Admittedly, there are days when you just want to order pizza and just stay indoors all day, but that’s fine, it’s all about balance. Just as long as you know that you have your shit in control – you good. Just look at Stephen King for example. Every single day – apart from the 4th July and Christmas day, the slacker – he writes. He just writes and writes and writes and I absolutely admire his work ethic and drive. And look at what he has achieved! That says enough. He’s only written a gazillion novels and a bajillion short stories and had a jabillion novels adapted into films. If that’s not enough to make you think twice about how much you’ve done today, then…

But there are days when you just have little if no self belief whatsoever. You think, how am I ever going to make this possible? Why do I bother? Well, take Joey’s extremely wise words:

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No. The dinosaur would most certainly not give up, and neither should you. Accept that there will be off days and know that it will work out, if you put in work, it usually does. Go get ’em! You are an incredible individual and no one else can contribute to the world just like you.

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