On the Grind

I feel it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Nothing necessarily bad happened, but I’m continually reminded of who I am and where I’m going in life.

One of my favorite quotes right now is “Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.” I feel that in my soul. I’m working and running myself on the grindstone. And the thing is, I don’t need the world to sing my praises. Honestly, I’m not writing this blog for you to sing my praise. I’m just showing you an insight into my life.

I am constantly working on improving my life. I’m working on all aspects of me. I’m teaching, making money, working on my health, eating better, exercising, reading more, attempting to stay current on news so that I can be more informed and empathetic, and working on my friendships. It’s a lot all the time.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “nose to the grindstone”. Let’s do a little bit of history. In times when swords were the most common, swords would be sharpened on a quickly rotating grindstone. But grindstones and smithy shops were not neat places. Once the metal collided with the stone, sparks, soot, blood, and iron/steel would fly in all directions.

That’s the real truth when a person is on the grindstone as well. It’s messy. My hands have about 3 calluses each from the gym. I’ve had lessons that didn’t go so well because it’s an adjustment to teach virtually. I’m learning to budget an actual paycheck and make monthly payments to boost my credit. Sometimes I don’t see or talk to my friends as much as I want to.

Putting your self on the grindstone like this is in a way selfish. I am focusing on me and on me first. It doesn’t mean I don’t care about others, but sometimes the decisions I make don’t benefit others. I’m working hard and working to improve myself.

Like I said, it’s messy. And honestly, it’s not personal. But if where you’re hearing stuff about me is on social media, then you’re the last to know. The quote I mentioned earlier is one of my mottoes right now. I’m making waves and moves in silence. I’m still good. I’m still me. I’m just working and improving. But that being said, if you ask me, I’m more than happy to talk.

For one of the first times in my life, the only person’s opinion who I care about is my own. I’m living to my full potential and continuously working. Again, I don’t write this to brag or have you sing my praises. I honestly don’t care. I know that sounds mean, but my opinion of me is going to be the same if everyone likes me or hates me. I don’t mention my faith a lot on here, but I feel I’m living the way God wants me to. My relationship with Him is good, and my relationship with others is good.

I’m putting in the work. I’m doing me. You may not see it, but I’m making changes. Honestly, it’s so liberating. I don’t need other’s approval of me because I know my own value. I can do my own thing. I don’t need spectators in my life who constantly hang onto the drama. I’m not shaming you if you post frequently on social media. I’m just saying that it’s not me. The world doesn’t need to know everything I’m doing simply for the fact that the world is not involved in what I’m doing. It’s just how it is.

I’m not challenging you to be grinding the way I am. We’re on different paths in our lives. I’m simply just showing you an insight into my life. This is what’s going on, and one of my biggest things I always mention with my blog is I’m simply just telling you my story.

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