College, Lifestyle

Blessed to be Stressed

   I am blessed to be stressed. This may be an odd sounding statement, but it’s very true. 

  As a college student, I know that I’m guilty of complaining about how stressed I am. Dealing with classes, organizations, homework, practice, working out and life can be quite hectic, but not impossible. 

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought this post would be appropriate to share this week. As a college student in America, the following are a few thoughts I’ve been having recently. 

I am blessed to be stressed. 

I am blessed to be able to be stressed. 

I am blessed to live in America.

I am blessed to have food on my plate and a roof over my head.
I am blessed to be stressing over finals and classes. 

I am blessed to be getting an education. 

I am blessed to be able to go to college. 

I am blessed to have a family that supports me in getting an education.

    College is stressful, everyone knows this. But so is life. In all honestly we take for granted how blessed we are to be able to experience the stresses of college. So many people are unable to afford or access higher education, even in our own country. In other countries, many are not allowed to attend or have no opportunities to attend college- and I know many of them would do anything to be able to. As a student attending an amazing university in the United States, I often have to remind myself of this during my days of doubt. The stress of class is only going to help better me in the future by helping me start my career. The stress of student loans is a good thing because not everyone is able to receive loans or student aid. Though loans are a stressful subject, the ability to take out loans and get an education is a blessing- you just have to look at it that way. The fact that I have loans I’ll have to pay off in the future only encourages me to work hard and make the most of those loans by doing as well as I possibly can in all of my classes- which in turn is helping me make the most of learning and receiving an education. If I do well & receive my degree and a job in my anticipated field, I can start making money to pay off the loans. If I give up now, all that money goes to waste & I still have to pay it back- which leads to a more negative form of stress. 

    I guess my point is that it’s important to constantly remember how much you have to be thankful for and to maintain a positive outlook on the future in order to succeed. Next time you find yourself pulling your hair out while cramming for that exam, or writing that last minute essay, calm yourself down by remembering why you’re here & recognizing that you’re blessed to be in this position- because there are so many people who’d love to be in your shoes. No matter how hard life gets, remember that you’re blessed to have life. Give that stress and anxiety to God and keep moving forward. 

“Cast all your anxieties upon the Lord because he cares for you..” – 1 Peter 5:7

God bless y’all.

      XOXO, Cassie 

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