Unfortunately, sometimes it takes something to go wrong or to happen in a way you wouldn’t want it to, to make you realize what matters most. This can be in the form of not getting a job, hearing disappointing news, or losing a loved one.
A member of my family passed away last week and during the service I stopped and thought about what was important in life. I looked around the room and saw people put their arms around each other and give one another smiles of encouragement. But what if in a time of need, you didn’t receive that hug or smile? What if reinforcements never came?
I then thought about when I went through hard times: “Who was there for me?”
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in moving forward and putting the pedal to the metal about finding a job or landing the perfect internship, it’s also easy to forget to pay attention to those who catch you when you fall. They’re the ones who give you a hug on your way back up, and help you move forward.
As soon to be college graduates we want to think we can do anything, all by ourselves. While that can be true, a support system is also important. To neglect a support system is to neglect part of your success. When you finally land that dream job, who will you celebrate with? When life knocks you down, who will be there to lend a hand?
It’s important to pay special attention to our support teams. Whether it’s turning your phone off at happy hour so you can actually have a conversation with your best friend or giving your grandparents a call to check up on things, keeping that support group close can provide countless positives to your life.
You’re welcome for the picture of the dogs on a Wednesday.
– Emily Kirk