Quitters club

Mackenzie Kisslinger, Staff Reporter

Give up your dreams and join the Land of the Living. The Land of the Happy; welcome to The Quitters Club.

While some would feel that giving up your life long dream to dance in the Russian ballet is probably the biggest mistake of your life, others feel that all of the heartbreaking auditions followed by a negative two-letter word are no longer worth the blisters and agony.

So the ballet dancer at 19, the celloist who didn’t get into Julliard and the football player who realizes he is probably not going to get drafted into the NFL, give up their dreams in order to find happiness.

Dreams are amazing because you can have so many. This leaves room to give up some dreams and room to also make new ones.

The simplest answer to stressful dreams I have found is to give them up. Happiness is the most important thing in life. If I’m doing something that isn’t making me happy then the real question is: Why do it at all? Life is too short to be stuck in some fantasy. But, most importantly, life is way too short to be sad.

When I was 13, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I was in love with the textiles, patterns, and magic of making an outfit my own. But my reality was crushed when 13-year-old me figured out that yellow and orange do not go together. I threw my fashionista dream into the wind and decided that if the world cannot accept the clash of orange and yellow, that I didn’t want to be a fashion designer in this world at all. Looking back on this experience, I am happy that I threw this dream away because I can barely match the two socks on my feet.

Some could argue that through hard work, determination and a little bit of elbow grease, the football player could be the star quarterback for the Houston Texans. And while this could be true, it truly boils down to what you are born with.

Some people are born with a stronger drive to play sports while others are born with steady hands to draw masterpieces. Yes, I do believe with practice you can get better at anything you set your mind to. But while some feel that practice and hard work separate the good from the great. I think natural ability ultimately trumps all.

In no way am I telling you to give up your dream or your passion if you are excelling in any way shape or form. But if you feeling unhappy, I urge you to stop feeling stressed and depressed. Join the Quitters Club, because ultimately we all deserve to be happy.