Read This When You Feel Like Giving Up

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By Jillian Stacia

Keep going.

Sometimes, life is hard and crazy and full of ridiculous shit that makes you want to throw in the towel and ask “why me?”. But you can’t. You have to keep going. You have to put one foot in front of the other. The only way out is through.

Keep going.

Even when your head is pounding and your heart is tired and you just want to stop trying. You’re almost there. You’re at the breaking point. You’re reaching the top of the mountain. It’s all downhill from here.

Keep going.

Or maybe it’s not – maybe you’ve still got miles ahead of you. But that’s what you signed up for, isn’t it? A full life? A life filled with all the things? Heartbreak and wonder and disappointment and unexplainable joy? You’re on the path. You’re on your way. Don’t stop now.

Keep going.

Shake it off, you’ve got work to do. There is so much more to be done. This is a setback, but it’s only temporary. You’ve learned so much already. You’re stronger now, aren’t you?

Keep going.

It’s okay to feel disappointed and angry and frustrated. Sit with these emotions.  Resist the urge to detach or cover up. Put down the food, the drink, the phone. Be here. Sit here. Be brave enough to let them burn their way through.

Keep going.

You have no idea what you’re doing. You laugh when people ask about your plan. You don’t know if you’re even headed in the right direction. You just don’t know. Get comfortable here. Set up camp. You have to learn to make peace with the unknown.

Keep going.

It’s okay to cry and curse and doubt. It’s okay to wonder if it’s all going to work out. You’re risking. You’re trying. You’re putting it all out there, and it’s scary as hell. You’ve put in the sweat, and now it’s time to have faith that things will happen. Maybe not on your timeline. Maybe not on your schedule.  But in the way they are meant to.

Keep going.

As the saying goes: “You didn’t come this far to only come this far.” Take a second to look in the rear-view mirror. Check out the landscape behind you. You can do this. You’ve already done it. You’re doing it right now.

Keep going.

Remember your why. Write it down. Read it every night. Let it be the song you use to sing yourself to sleep. When you’re clear on the why, the how tends not to matter quite so much.

Keep going.

Because you’re not a quitter. You don’t give up. You don’t settle. There’s no shame in failure. There’s only a shame in giving up. There’s honor in tenacity. Beauty in discipline. Respect in grit.

Keep going.

Because one day, you’re going to be really glad you did.

Jillian is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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8 thoughts on “Read This When You Feel Like Giving Up

  1. abbeycoseattle says:

    Remembering your “why” is so important! I actually have quite a few… I have a “why” for work, for home, and life in general. So when things get tough at either place, I can remind myself why I am there and need to keep going!


  2. jayesschristine says:

    Loving this post! I have to constantly remind myself of these truths and it is so comforting to know you are not alone in the battle of fighting for a full life. Thank you for these encouraging words!


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