Stop Playing the Victim

Overwhelmed, Victim

It’s unfortunate how overwhelmed I get during this time of year, and I am sure I’m not the only one. My days are always a blur. I know that they consist of me waking up, studying, going to practice, studying, barely eating, studying some more, and repeating all of those steps the next day.

The worst part about this time of year isn’t even exams, it’s really just how overwhelmed I get when it comes to managing my time.

If being a student athlete has taught me anything, it is that time management is the key to success and procrastination is not an option. But even with this formula for success I still can’t seem to get a hold of my to-do list, and I’ve always wondered why.

Often I feel sorry for myself, and make excuses by playing the victim saying that things are simply unfair and that I have too much on my plate. But somewhere in the middle of my pity party for myself, I remind myself that at one point, I wanted to have all of these things on my plate.

My friend once said, “You can’t cry about having a lot on your plate when the goal was to eat.”

She was correct! At one point in time I was crying because I felt that I wasn’t doing enough, that I wasn’t pushing myself far enough, and that the opportunities were simply not there. Now that I have what I’d been wishing for, how can I cry about it being too much?

I feel that often we wish our circumstance were different but do not envision the struggles that might come along with our new responsibilities.

My mother used to say, “To whom much is given, much is required”.

Next time you find yourself getting overwhelmed with your long to-do list and load of responsibilities, keep in mind that at one point you wished you had these same opportunities in front of you. Realize that with your responsibilities comes adversity, but with adversity comes growth. I doubt in a year, you want to say that you are the same person you were a year ago, so stop playing the victim and embrace your newfound opportunities!