Today’s prompt: A farewell coffee date. Take some time to breathe, sip a warm drink, and share.
This is the final post of the Blogtember Challenge! Since it’s, well, mid-June I’d say it’s fair to say that I didn’t win. It’s like I’m the marathon runner who crosses the finish line in the middle of the night covered in mud with a broken leg and twigs all in my hair while all the other contestants are at home, soundly sleeping. But regardless, I still crossed that finish line.
In almost every aspect of my life I have a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mentality. Maybe it’s the Taurus in me or the procrastinating perfectionist, but I’m always one to scope out everything and learn as much as I can about it before attempting something and then am in no rush to finish. Life’s not a competition, you know?
With that said, I’m going to invoke the Confucius quote that every Tumblr user from before 2015 has ingrained in their head: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Yes, I do everything at my own pace and perhaps this is frustrating or nonsensical to people who view life differently, but it all gets done eventually. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression it is a comfort to know that I do have these projects that aren’t going anywhere. It’s not a race to check off all these milestones and accomplishments as soon as possible. It has taken me a long time to realize that, but if this blogging challenge taught me anything, it’s that I can accomplish whatever I set out to do but not if I let it stress me out and impair other aspects of my life. The removal of several sources of stress in my life has improved my overall mental health more than I can ever express. I’m trying my best every single day and actually enjoying myself while I do it. At the end of the day, this is my life and I’m going to look towards the future, but not to the point where I’m moving too fast to enjoy the present.
My farewell coffee date is actually a tea date… with myself and my schoolwork. The tea was my post-blood test blood sugar boost (I have to fast for 12 hours before getting it done and by the time I was sitting in that chair I hadn’t eaten for almost twenty hours). I actually had a Starbucks date with my mom later in the day today before we got pedicures, but I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Tim Hortons Steeped Tea in like every blog post this week so why mess with tradition?
Thank you so much for reading this post and the rest of Blogtember if you did. If you would like to see all those posts they can be found HERE. Thanks again to Bailey Jean for hosting this challenge and I’ll be back with Blogtember 2016 in just over two months!