Mediocrity is Unacceptable to Me

So I don’t know if this makes me an ass, but I can’t stand when people settle for being mediocre. Like, I get that not everyone can master every area of their life, and some things take precedence over other things.. but I feel like everyone should, on the whole, be striving to be their best self! Is this too much to ask?!

One thing my grandmother always said to me was “that’s one thing about you, you never give up, you always keep going”.. She admired that quality in me and was proud of me. I’m by no means perfect and there are definitely some areas of my life that need a lot of work, but I’m always pushing forward in some area of my life. Always striving for more in some area.

I know people who year after year, their answer is always the same when I ask what’s new in their life.  The answer is always “nothing”. This frustrates me, saddens me and disappoints me all at the same time. I just want to yell “why is this acceptable to you?!?! Why don’t you want more for your life?!?!?”

I want to surround myself with people who are driven.. who are on their grind! I want to be amazed by the size and audacity of their dreams and accomplishments. This inspires me so much. I want to be around people that will not accept anything from me other than my very best in the way I treat myself and what I expect of myself. Is this asking for too much?.

One of the things that really drives me is, there are a number of reasons why I could not be alive right now.. Reasons why I quite easily should not be here right now. I had life saving surgery at 13. If I had lived in a poor nation the surgery would not have even been an option. I would not have survived. I attempted suicide twice but I’m still here. If that’s not a blessing I don’t know what is. There are a number of other things that are another story for another day. Also I’ve lost 3 friends to murder over the years. Two of them were in their teens. I think wow, they never even made it this far. What right do I have to squander the life that I have?. I feel like it’s an insult to the lives that were lost if I don’t make the best of the life I’ve been blessed with.

Every birthday, I’m not like others who complain about getting older. I’m like “I’m blessed with yet ANOTHER year?! Thank you God I’m so humbled.” I guess it does help that I look much younger than I am lol. I guess that’s the icing on the cake 🙂

So pick some area of your life. Big or small. Set some goals, long and short term. Keep pushing yourself ahead. Be on you GRIND (do people even say that anymore?.. I’m often behind the times.. I still have a CD player lol).

Peace & Blessings

Emelle Q