Success is Not Linear

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Take a deep breath,
Get out of your head,
And focus on the air.
Your lungs expand, contract, and release.
You are exactly where you need to be.
As long as there is oxygen in your body,
There is still the possibility of what you can accomplish today,
And who you can become tomorrow.

Social media represents only fragments of life. And worst of all, we tend to compare ourselves to a moment in another person’s life. Learn to focus on your path and celebrate the progress.
It can make things vain. We see the results. But what we don’t see are the works behind the scenes. How they got there.
If it took days, months, weeks, or years.


We draw out a ruler measuring how far we’ve come and look over the fence and see how others have gone further.
It seems like we are still.
Like we are stuck.
Static like an inanimate object,
Everything seems to evolve except you,
As the sun and moon rotate around the earth,
Crossing another day off the calendar and things still look the same.

We fail to see that small progress is still progress.
Those small droplets of effort can fill a pail of water over time. The little actions can build a community over time. It moves a cause forward over time.

The days where you feel like giving up,
The rejections,
The betrayals,
The losses,
The sleepless nights,
When your eyes are heavy with tears,
Having to show up even when you are grieving,
Having to show up when someone cancelled on you last minute.

And progress can look messy. Because every next level requires a different you.
Moments of peace coexisting with chaos. It can be your mind spinning around in a circle.
It can be your head at the crossroads of who you were and who you want to become.

It can be getting off the wagon and redefining yourself. It could mean growing pains. It could mean things taking longer than expected.

Perhaps school made us this way. So conscious of getting a grade, we are conditioned to think there is only one way to do things. But we are all on our own unique time. We are still figuring things out, failing, experiencing setbacks, tears, taking a break, anxiety, depression, periods of loneliness, and dealing with personal trauma.

We are humans and our imperfections will come up over time.

As the year is drawing to a close,
Take a moment to applaud taking care of yourself – To the best of your ability.
Take a moment to tap yourself on the back of still believing in your dream.
Take a moment to be grateful for the relationships and support system.
Be thankful for health.
Be thankful for having a reason to be part of the living.
Be thankful for wisdom.
Be thankful for the lessons.

Keep your heads up. This is just the beginning.
It doesn’t matter where you are now, all that matters is where you are going.

Hi, I’m Kimberly Ihekwoaba and I am a multimedia storyteller. I entertain, educate, and empower people around the world through the power of storytelling. Check out my blog for my latest posts.


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