Make It Worth Your While

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You do it all the time.  Before you go to sleep.  When you wake up in the morning.  During your monotonous daily routine.  As you drive down the road.  Probably the only time you don’t do it is when you do something stupid.  It’s thinking.  The reason as to why we have brains and why school is so important.  You are always thinking whether you realize it or not and it’s really not hard to think at all.  Trust me, it is almost impossible to not think.  (I dare you to try to clear your mind and then tell me how long it takes.)

The real trick is to spend your time thinking about something of value, something significant that is productive.

Many times, the thoughts that linger in our mind deal with regrets that still haunt us.  Maybe you made a mistake that you wish you could undo.  Perhaps, someone made a statement that cut you so deep, you really don’t know how to move on.  And there’s always a chance that you didn’t do what you wish you had the nerve to do.  Either way, those are moments that can’t be changed.  You can try reliving each day with a new ending as much as you want, but the truth is that thinking like that will get you nowhere.  You’ll just be stuck living in the past.  Don’t think about what could have been or how you wish things could have been different because the past will never be different.  What already happened is the one thing that will forever stay the same.

In my opinion, the only time when reminiscing is appropriate is when you use those beautiful memories as the extra push you need to keep moving forward.  Sometimes it’s necessary to look back in order to remember your motive for progressing so that you don’t lose that drive.  Think about the moments you live for and continue living without slowing down.  Once you get that momentum back, tuck that memory away for safe keeping until you need help smiling again and move forward to your future.

All of your thinking should be as productive as possible.  Consider your options for the future.  Think about your next move in life.  Question where you want to go and how you’ll get there.  Even thinking about your next outfit or your next meal can help save time and it’ll teach you a little something about being prepared!  The point is to always look ahead and to only spend your time thinking about things that will benefit you.  Don’t lament the things you can’t change, but celebrate the progress you’ve made and will continue to make.

Never ever waste a thought.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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