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Is it in you?


CONFIDENCE

By Patrick Cummings

I am a lifeguard on the ocean of potential

I rescue success from the depths of fatigue,

breathe life back into lungs like arrows from muted tongues

I am both singular and in unison

I can be ignored like cloud cover, sold like medicine

I can be spit out like oil spills & cleaned up like apologies

I am a stray tornado at the bulkhead of your basement breath

& I am wondering if you will let me in

You can tell them later how the radio of your mind came clear

like a car exiting a tunnel,

how standing back up felt like drowning in reverse

When the jackhammer in your chest settles,

tell them how you were pulled back into the boat of possibility,

how you took the oars and you found the shore,

how you listened to the voice inside when I whispered,

“more, more, more”

until I was quiet like satisfaction & still like pride

If one thing has given me confidence in life and in myself, it’s what I did over summer. A complete transformation of myself inside and out to produce who I am today. Who I knew I wanted to be. Who I knew I needed to be. Who I knew would take everything inside of me to become. But who I once thought I could not be. Self-confidence was a thing I lacked…. in every aspect of my life. “I hate the way I look”, “I hate how tired I am”, “I can’t do well in school”, “these classes are too hard”…. the list can go on forever. This is why things needed to change. For anyone out there struggling in any aspect of life, know that confidence is something you CAN have. Self-confidence is nothing more than looking in the mirror, seeing yourself, the product of your experiences and the building blocks of your future, and saying “I got this…. Everything up to this point has prepared me for whatever life has to throw my way, I GOT THIS!”

I’m not going to lie and say that this confidence is something easily found, something that can just be created overnight inside of you. This is something that must be created by a true happiness with yourself and your surroundings. Self-confidence IS inside everyone though. It’s up to you to find it, work yourself to the breaking point, through exhaustion, through everyday life, and once you reach the point where you can be happy with what you have and where you are. THAT’S IT! If you don’t think you have it inside of you, you’re wrong. If you’ve ever said, “one more try… one more shot at this…. I can get this…” about anything, you’ve got it!

Embrace it.

Love it.

Become immersed in it.

Be confident in all you do.

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” -E. E. Cummings

Impossible


“Impossible” is a word that says so much in 10 letters. A word that can make someone stand up and fight and a word that can absolutely destroy a person and their aspirations. Impossible in it’s most basic state is a word that can evoke so much passion or devastation just by itself that more often than not people stray away from using it. Impossible, though, is a word that should be seen as a battle and a challenge of your will and dexterity. Something that I learned not too long ago, impossible is what you make of it, if you believe something will be or is impossible, it will undoubtedly be impossible. However, if you take what you’ve been told is impossible and battle for whatever it is, you can possibly show the world something incredible! Impossible is a challenge, it’s a chance to step up to the plate and claim what’s yours and what you desire. It’s a chance to face your fears and doubts and destroy them. Will you fail during your quest of the impossible? Possibly. Will you want to quit? Maybe. Will it challenge you every step of the way and force you to dig into yourself and pull out every ounce of strength and determination you have? Absolutely. But as I said before, failure is part of life, it’s what you take from your failures and apply to your life that defines you as a person. Every failure has it’s bright side, every loss has it’s silver lining, and every missed opportunity has another chance waiting somewhere. If you go into life believing you can conquer the world with perseverance and determination, you will. If you go into the world believing things are impossible and you will fail no matter what, you will. If you honestly can say nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing and truly believe that, you can accomplish amazing things. It’s up to each individual to figure out those “impossible” things in their lives and to choose whether or not you want what the world says you can’t have. Is it worth the fight, the battle, the blood, sweat, and tears, or will you allow people to dictate your life by saying you can’t accomplish something? Choose your battles and pick the ones worth fighting for and believe nothing is impossible, because if you truly want something it’s not impossible. It’s just up to you to figure out what exactly it is you want and to show the world nothing is impossible and to show everyone why can be done through sheer determination.

– Eric Welter


If this semester has taught me anything besides the actual school material I need to know, it’s that perseverance is by far one of the most needed qualities in life.  Once, twice, sometimes three times a week I sit down for an entire night, sacrificing sleep for the hope that I will have joy from a good test grade.  Perseverance doesn’t come from continuing on through success though, it comes from rising above your failures, learning from them, and accomplishing something that you couldn’t before.  It’s pushing so hard you think of little else than the final goal of whatever it is you are striving for.  For me, that goal is graduating in the long run, but for now passing tests and making it out alive.  Perseverance by definition is a state of persistence through anything including obstacles, difficulties, and discouragement.  Now honestly, I have not done particularly well in some of the tests I have taken this semester, but it’s at these times you need to stand up, look yourself in the mirror, and stare into your soul.  Force yourself to become better than what you may think of yourself at the moment, force yourself to ignore people who think you can’t do it, but mostly force yourself to overcome your own personal obstacles you have set up mentally.  Overcome doubt in yourself.  Overcome the discouragement of failure.  Overcome your negative thoughts.  Become more than you could ever imagine by digging deep within yourself to prove you can do something you once though you couldn’t.  Forget about everyone and everything else and focus on what you need to do to get to the stage of preparedness you need for whatever it is you are accomplishing.  It may sound cliché, but the phrase “Be all you can be” is not only something military personnel should think and achieve.  Every person, in every way can become what they want to be with perseverance.  You can do what you can do, but only if you push yourself to get there.  Perseverance to me is a characteristic trait I am slowly getting the hang of, it is something I wish I had my entire life, and it is something I wish for everyone to have.  Think hard and long about something you wish you could do or want to do and don’t only aim for it, aim for the next highest thing.  “Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” (W. Clement Stone) That phrase really puts everything I’m saying into perspective and makes you think about everything that could be accomplished if you aim higher than anything you ever thought imaginable.  I’m trying to get into a D.O. or P.A. program after undergraduate studies, this is my goal, yes I have failed tests, and even an entire class. I’m not perfect.  It’s what I choose to do with these failures that define me as a person.  What are your goals and how are you going to push yourself to overcome obstacles you face to surpass any goal you set for yourself?

 

-Eric Welter


Fighting for what you want or what you believe in is one of the hardest things to do in a lifetime. Facing opposition at every turn, every decision you make being harder, and every inch you go there is a margin of error that cannot be escaped. You can’t say it any better than Al Pacino’s speech in Any Given Sunday, “Either we heal now,… or we crumble. Inch by inch, play by play, until we’re finished. We’re in hell right now, we can stay here and get the crap beat out of us, or we can fight our way back, into the light.” It’s fighting for what you want in life that keeps you going, fighting for what you are destined to do. If you can’t look yourself in the mirror and see someone who you know will fight for every inch that he wants, you need to dig deep inside yourself. Digging and pulling up every ounce of motivation and determination you can find is what life is about. “Life is a game of inches, one half step too late or too early you don’t quite make it, one half second too slow or too fast, you don’t quite catch it.”

How do you go through life knowing that at every decision and every move there is a potential for mistake? You go through it like everyone else. Even the most amazing people in the world have made mistakes at one point or another. It was their will-power and determination that kept them fighting for every inch. Life is a battle, it’s a war that must be fought every day. Whether it’s something you’re trying to fight out in your career, in your relationships, or in yourself. It’s a battle that can be won over time. What is it I’m talking about? That’s your call. It can be anything, sports, relationships, classes, career choices, financial hardship, you name it, there’s a battle to be fought. But, “It’s the guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch.” No stronger words have been said than that. If you want something so bad that you’re willing to give up anything and everything else for that one thing, absolutely no one can stop you. As human beings we are programmed to do great things, each and every one of us are destined to do something to make an impact somewhere. It’s our choice to reach that destiny. It’s seeing what’s around you, the people all around you, helping you and pushing you. The pathway you choose, the destiny you have, that is your war, your battle. Fighting for every inch you want or desire is what life is. The harder you fight and the more you give into everything you do is what will define you as a person. Making wrong choices or wrong decisions is a part of everyone’s life. Building on those mistakes through tenacity and motivation to become the strongest person you can be is what everyone should fight for. Life is a pathway of hardship mixed with tenacity. What will win? No one can make that choice but you. Any fear can be overcome. Any battle can be won. Any villain can be conquered. How hard are you willing to fight? How hard are you willing to push? How much are you willing to give up? No matter what the answer, there’s a path. A path you form to your ultimate destination. Now it’s up to you to fight for every inch you want, every inch in front of you. Forget about the past and dig in, claw your way towards your goal and achieve it. It’s up to each and every one of us to figure out what you’re going to do. So, what will you do?

-Eric Welter

What Is Life?


What is life? Life is the times that make you smile, the times that make you laugh, the times that make you cry, and the times that you’ll never forget. Life is this thing that can be taken away from you in a blink of an eye, but people take it for granted more often than not.

What is life? It’s having those friendships that last a lifetime, having those nights that are so amazingly epic you remember it until the day you die. It’s the ups and downs of emotions you get from relationships, the struggles and accomplishments you have in school and work, but most of all it’s the ability to stand up and fight for what you believe in.

What is life? Life is no more than a second long in the grand scheme of things, yet most people spend every second of their life worrying about what’s wrong and what others think. Life is so much more than eating, sleeping, drinking, and breathing. Life is a never ending quest to socialize and have fun; it’s having those all-nighters to comfort a friend who needs it. Life is about making decisions and living with them, looking back and having no regrets, but most of all it’s about knowing you have those best friends who will have your back even when you are being stupid.

What is life? Life is knowing stuff doesn’t happen the way you want it to but remembering everything happens for a reason. Life is having those awkward moments when the person you love brings their significant other around and you can’t say a word because you just want them to be happy. Life is taking close friends and helping them out in any way you can and every step of the way. Life is amazing and disappointing, happy and sad, good and bad, depressing and motivational.

What is life? Life is finding morals to live for, finding ideals to live by, and living and working for something greater than yourself. Life is being selfish but being considerate. Life is holding on to family because more likely than not they have your back. Life is wanting to get revenge but not actually following through. Life is doing things you don’t want to do and pretending like you are having the time of your life. Life is searching for meaning and finding none, then searching again and finding it in the people and friends around you.

Life is life. Sometimes life could be better; sometimes you really wish it would. Sometimes it’s hard to find the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you can’t see it, it’s because you aren’t looking. Yes, life has its ups and downs, its good times and its bad times. Overall, life is nothing, nothing short of amazing. The people in my life continue to strengthen me and bring me up when times get rough, and for that I thank each and every one of you.

So what is life? Life is being torn down and built back up, living, laughing, and loving. Life is life, and life is great. What’s life to you?

-Eric Welter

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