Oprah was fired at the age of twenty-three. Stephen King was working as a janitor at age twenty-four. You’re a work in progress and that’s perfectly fine. There’s all this pressure from society to just be perfect at the age you’re considered an adult. Or maybe the pressure comes from within yourself. Throughout my life all I’ve always thought I should have it all figured out by now.
When I was in college all I wanted to accomplish was being perfect. Spoiler alert: I wasn’t even close. I wasn’t the best test taker, I wasn’t the best in my major, and I wasn’t even the best writer, I’m still not. It turns out that trying to become the next Martin Scorsese isn’t while you’re a freshman in college isn’t exactly easy.
I’m twenty-three years old, and I just received my Bachelors Degree in Television and Film. After I graduated, I definitely felt a sense of relief but I didn’t feel quite finished. Then I realized that I was never going to stop learning. There are millions of films and directors in the world for me to learn from.
Being a work in progress doesn’t mean you can’t have success. You can have goals and accomplish them. Success isn’t always finishing something. Human beings are not books. We aren’t meant to be finished.
“A work in progress. And the possibilities are endless.” ― Elizabeth Eulberg, Take a Bow
It’s extremely easy to just hide behind the fact that you’re not finished. Don’t let it cloud your judgment or make you lazy. It should be a motivation, not an excuse. Be grateful for all the blessings and lessons that life gives you daily.
Being a work in progress means you are never finished and you are always learning. Every day I’m learning how to be a better person, a better friend, and a better partner. If you figured it all out today, what would be the point of tomorrow?