Throughout my time on this earth, I have seen my life fall apart multiple times. Some instances were only minor compared to others, but regardless of my age, it felt as if my whole world was unraveling at that given time. Nothing can compare to the feelings of helplessness, insecurity and unfathomable confusion that accompany those earth-shattering moments that pulverize you. And most definitely, nothing compares to the hopeless thoughts of giving up.
Because, let's face it, giving up is an easy choice. It is easy to throw in the towel and shout that you can't take anymore, especially during this time when every part of the world seems shrouded in a cloak of negativity. When this option starts to rear its ugly head in your mind, here are 10 powerful reasons and reminders to keep hanging on when you are teetering over the edge:
1. "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times"
It's true. Happiness is a choice. When you think about it, your circumstances are absolutely remarkable. You are here, your heart is beating, you are still living and because of that, there is a reason to hold on to hope. When you are lost in the midst of darkness, hope can seem out of reach, but if you continue to tread forward, that glimmer of hope will become brighter with each step.
2. You are worth it
"You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things."
You are worth absolutely everything. Never think otherwise. Out of all the people in the world, you are not forgotten, and you are most definitely not a quitter. Giving up should not be an option. You are so much stronger than you think you are, and you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Never forget your worth.
So many lives will suffer from your choice to throw in the towel on life. Your family, your friends, your colleagues, and even those you hardly know. Some people will have to painfully endure to learn what you already know if you choose to give up. There are so many consequences to our actions that we forget to recognize at times.
4. "There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for"
There is undoubtedly evil in this world. Violent acts, heinous crimes and awful circumstances are swarming around us all. What trending topics and news reporters fail to show us are the daily acts of love and service that continue to ward off the looming darkness in the world. The good in this world is indeed worth fighting for. Don't give up the fight.
5. Your time will come
If you are afraid to move forward with a current goal or new and unexplored territories in your life, remember the phrase above. With each experience you have in life, especially the ones that pull you out of your comfort zone, you will find yourself growing stronger and more confident as you take on new challenges.
6. You will find yourself in places you never imagined
If you choose to give up now, you will never achieve your dreams. You will never be able to say that you truly did what you said you were going to do. But, if you continue forth, you will experience things you wouldn't trade for anything in the world. No matter how dim things might be right now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
7. You will always regret your choice
Do you want to look back at your life and say, "What if?" If you give up on your dreams, you will never get to prove just how strong, ambitious and extraordinary you are. And it's true; you are strong enough to achieve anything you set your mind to.
8. You will inspire others
True inspiration comes from people who have endured through many setbacks, and instead of letting go and giving up, they kept hanging on and continued forth. No matter how insignificant you may feel now, you will turn the tide towards hope and inspire so many people one day.
You may feel scared and intimidated about what the future holds now, but with each step you take in the right direction, you will find you are truly braver than you think you are. Have courage and hope for good things to come. You will earn the beautiful and remarkable things life will offer you if you choose to keep going, and they will transform you into the brilliant person you were destined to become.
10. Your future is bright
Darkness must pass before the sun rises. No matter how bad things may seem now, the sun will surely rise again. It may seem difficult to keep holding on, but there is light on the horizon. Do not give up. It is never worth it to surrender to the things that are attempting to drag you down. Reach up and do not let go of those things you are aiming for. Keep fighting and keep going. Success, happiness and wonderful things are awaiting you, and choosing to go forward will be the greatest decision you'll ever make in life.
Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.