This school year has been busier than ever for me. But finally I am taking classes that I picked and genuinely enjoy. Are they easy A's? Absolutely not. There are no shortcuts in my academic life. I strive to get good grades not by studying the day before a test, but by paying attention in class, reading, asking questions, and doing the work. Whatever our goals are, we are only going to get there if we actually do what is required! It definitely sucks sometimes. For example, I love debate, but as an officer we must do research every week for bills for our next tournament. It can take about two to three hours to do proper research. Do I like the process? No. But in the moment, I realize that I am educating myself about global issues and preparing myself for the tournament. By working hard now, I also benefit my team and ensure my teammates get good research so we can win first place!
As I've learned in economics, life is all about opportunity costs- the benefits I could have received by taking an alternative action. Would I receive greater benefits by sitting on my couch all day eating potato chips? In the long run? Absolutely not. That is why I am writing this post right now. Because my time is better spent maximizing my potential in something that I genuinely love, health.
Whenever my motivation falters and I want to take a short cut, I think of all the athletes and businessmen and entrepreneurs who are successful. They didn't take shortcuts. They had to prepare their minds, think of ideas, weigh the costs and benefits. Physically, they had to train, run that extra mile even when their lungs felt on fire. It is this determination that keeps me moving and reminds me to self-reflect and return to that balance.
If we take the longer path, that reward when we get to our destination is so much sweeter.