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One of the things that I have been struggling with in recent times has been learning how to take things slow, how to take life a day at a time. By the time I was 17, I knew exactly where I wanted my life to go, what I wanted to achieve and how I wanted to do it. Since then, I have often struggled to fight off the feeling that I am moving too sluggishly, the feeling that I should have done more by this point, the feeling that I should have been more, the feeling that I am running out of time. I have to battle, on a daily basis, to shrug off the thought that I should have had everything figured out by now and that perhaps I am not making enough progress. But I am learning every day that beyond moving quickly, what is even more imperative is moving correctly. I am learning every day that it serves me better to slow down now, steady my pace and ensure that I am heading the right way than it does to go full steam ahead in the wrong direction and live with regrets the rest of my life. I am learning every day that there isn’t a clock on success, that there isn’t a ticking shorthand with which I must keep up nor is there a sand hourglass with whom I must align my pace; I am learning that success will still be success whenever I get there. I am learning that “slow” or “fast” only exists in comparison with something/someone else. But mine is a unique race with a track specific only to me. All the bends, hurdles, and bumps littered along it are designed for me and me alone. I therefore need not compare my race with others' because I can only go as fast as my track allows me to. I am learning that there is no “slow” or fast” as long as I keep my eyes on my own race. I am learning that I must learn to crawl before I can walk and run because one day…I will fall. And the only way to keep moving forward then will be by crawling. I am learning that “slow” progress is progress nonetheless, and that slow progress is sometimes the most thorough progress. I am learning to take a step at a time. I am learning to just…slow down and breathe. I am learning that I have time. And so do you. You have time. You have your whole life ahead of you, so much living and learning to do. You must not hasten that. You have time to stop and smell the roses, time to make mistakes and learn. And make them again…and again…and again. You have time. The journey is the film. And every bit of it is vital to the story. You need not rush it. You must live all of it. ALL OF IT. So slow down, take a deep breath and learn to move correct instead.

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