In the airport on my way home from spring break, I saw a beautiful man. He happened to be wearing an SDSU backpack, you know like the ones the athletes wear, so I got really excited. I leaned over to my friend and said, “there he is, the love of my life.” Long story short I didn’t talk to him and we went our separate ways. Fast forward to a couple days ago, I was sitting in
Starbucks eating breakfast before class with that same friend and I saw him, the love of my life. This time I went to Instagram and worked some stalking magic and found him. He was private, so I couldn’t see any of his pictures. Then, we had to leave to go to class and again, I didn’t say one word to him. Later that day, I pulled up my Instagram again and it was still on his profile. I stared at it for a second and decided I have nothing to lose, so I requested to follow him.
When it comes down to it, this story is meaningless and I am sure all of you really don’t care about the “love of my life.” However, there is a point to the story. Today I think a lot of us get so caught up in our heads thinking about the “what ifs” and it prevents us from doing so many great things. How daunting a task is or the fear of how it could turn out should not be the only factors in dictating your decisions and productivity. But, how do we get around our own minds?
My mother once told me that the first five seconds thinking about something are the most crucial and sent me an inspirational video to go along with it (anyone else’s parents do that?). I actually watched this one and let me tell you, it was very insightful. The video was about something called The 5 Second Rule. No, not the one that tells you whether it is okay to eat food off the ground (although that one is equally important in my book). In the video, the speaker, Mel Robbins, talks about how it only takes five seconds to talk ourselves out of something. When we have an idea we have to act on it within the first five seconds of thinking about it otherwise it’s not going to happen in a timely manner, or at all. She goes on to talk about how the “unsuccessful” areas in our lives aren’t successful because we don’t feel like putting the work into it. “I don’t want to get out of bed and go to class,” “I don’t want to fill out this application,” or “I don’t want to talk to this person because I don’t want to get rejected.” It makes sense, I mean I am very successful in my Netflix endeavors because it is something I always want to do, but not very successful in organic chemistry because that’s the last thing I want to do. In short, five seconds could change your life.
Here is the video, I highly recommend checking it out:
Since the quizzes were a hit last time, I created another one! Describe your laptop and it will reveal what you should do within the next five seconds!
I’m sorry to say there is no fairytale ending to my story. He eventually accepted the request, however he didn’t request to follow me back (sad, I know). It’s fine, I’m fine, everything is fine. But hey, give me five seconds and maybe I’ll slide into those DMs.