We’re reaching the end of midterm season (aka the beginning of finals season) and for me, this is usually the time when I lose a lot of my motivation. At the beginning of school, I was ready to learn, excited to open my textbooks (now I cry knowing how much I’ve paid for them), and genuinely enthusiastic about putting in effort. Now as I sit here with my homework a haphazard pile on the floor, I can’t completely shake off that frustrating feeling of: I don’t care.
In the marathon, not sprint that is life (or however the saying goes), having a strong motivational stamina is usually what matters in the end. Especially with finals creeping up, this is the moment when we should all be sprinting towards the finish line. Unfortunately, a lot of us are already daydreaming about our summers and that exact second when when finals are finally done. But let me impart some advice I heard at a conference a few days ago. Life isn’t about checkpoints. It doesn’t do much good to think, “Oh, once my exams are done, then I can finally enjoy life,” because the truth is, almost all your time at university is exam time, so enjoy the days you have and all in all, live in the present.
It’s tough too though, not only having to face laziness, but disappointment in your battle for motivation. Feeling discouraged is normal, but however the saying goes, what matters is how you react to it and how you bounce back. But it’s difficult. I wish it was as easy as typing out the words “don’t be discouraged,” (but then I wouldn’t have anything to write about). All we can is move on from the things we can’t change and focus on the things that we can. Never stop fighting, don’t give up, and believe in yourself. 🙂
And because I’m (unashamedly) full of cheese, here are some quotes!
Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go. -Good ol’ Anon
Forget past mistakes and forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do now and do it. -William J. Durant
Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.– Victoria Holt