It’s Your Race, Your Pace

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When you look to your left and then to your right, you may perceive the people around you as going much faster than you.  They might be getting jobs, graduating, getting married, traveling, having babies, or whatever else.  You might feel a little left behind, maybe even lost, but what you need to remember is that as long as you’re working on yourself and preparing for your own journey then you have nothing to worry about.  Worry about what you’re doing now and make sure it will benefit your success.  Sooner or later, you will be doing everything that the people around you are doing and more.  Trust me, everybody goes at their own pace and everyone has their own degree of success at their own time.  Don’t measure your accomplishments with that of those around you because you have to remind yourself that you do know what you’re doing as long you know what your end goal is.  Just make sure that everything you do today will help make tomorrow better and will bring you closer to what you want out of life.  Don’t let what others are doing distract you from what you need to do because the more you mope about how so and so is doing this and you’re not is the more you’re keeping yourself from focusing on yourself.  Nobody is running faster than you.  They’re just running a different race.

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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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