Motivational Monday: Why Being Just Okay, Is Perfectly Okay

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.

Stop and take a second to breathe.

Some of us spend each day trying to figure out if what we are currently doing is what we want to keep on doing. Our twenties are obviously a decade of discovery – a time to figure all of this out – but some of us find ourselves unhappy in the situations we’re put in. Between balancing work, our social life, family, bills, etc. it’s hard sometimes to simply slow down and let yourself be happy.

All we want to attain in life is happiness and fulfillment, and that takes some time to get to. But as you reflect on where you are right now, just remember one thing — you are doing okay.

We’ve all seen those seemingly uplifting articles assuring that if you’re doing A, B & C in your twenties, you will be happy. The flaw in that is that we may sometimes force ourselves to happy, suppressing the true emotions that we’re feeling.

So let’s change the language a bit. Let’s change it to being okay. You don’t have to be completely happy and fulfilled and comfortable right now. You’re in your 20s, still learning and changing. If you are doing okay, you are exactly where you need to be.

The term ‘okay’ is often perceived as mediocre, but that’s looking at the glass half empty. Look at the glass half full!

You’re not “okay :(”

You’re “okay :)”

So 20somethings, if you pay your bills, are in school, working in some capacity, have a supportive group of friends, are able to buy yourself groceries to sustain yourself, you are okay! And that is absolutely okay. Don’t give in to the pressures that others put on you to know exactly what and where you want to be right now. You know yourself better than anyone. If you say you’re okay, let everyone know just that if they ask you. You’re not obligated to give an explanation.

It’s time to stop associating okay with negativity. Embrace the okay and let that be a comfort.

You’re okay — know that, and the happiness will surely follow.

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