“If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, keep
-Martin Luther King Jr.
I found this quote while I was searching for a topic to write this week’s column on. It relates to me so perfectly, for so many reasons. One is that it can be difficult to come up with a fresh idea for Gorc Meets World every week. Another is that at this stage in my life, things are moving even if I’m standing still. So I tell myself there’s no point in standing still, while everything else passes me by.
So what exactly does it mean to keep it moving? It can mean many things, but a few answers come to mind:
1. Never give up. Last semester I wrote a column about how being denied into the DiGamma Honor Society was a huge wake-up call for me. It was disappointing in that moment, but I used it as a motivator – one that has lead me to reapply and be accepted.
There are so many times in life when rejection and disappointment will smack us in the face, potentially even on a daily basis. I learned that rejection and disappointment only fuel my fire to be better; they keep me moving. It’s a weird way of putting it, but without the rejection of being denied and the disappointment of things not going your way, life would be, plain and simple, boring.
2. Be confident in who you are. Recently I have seen people compromise who they are, in order to fit in with someone else, or some group of people. To me, it seems like a high school struggle to not be able to stand out on your own, but when I look at my own life, I see how it still happens and will continue to happen. As we enter the real world it will continue to happen – trying to fit in with employers, coworkers, and new groups of people.
I always felt I had a good sense of who I am, but I never really got the solid answer and awareness until being here at Canisius. I managed to find a great group of friends in high school that I feel are my brothers; we never felt we had to compromise who we were or what we liked just to fit in. But every new place you go whether it be college or a job will have you feeling some sort of pressure to fit in. But staying true to who you are and keeping your own unique self moving will make people want to fit in with you, not the other way around.
3. Embrace the uncertainty. There’s nothing scarier than not knowing the answers. But no matter what, there is not one way to know where we will end up, who we will meet or what we will be doing. So just keep it moving. If you aren’t sure what field you want to go in, or what grad schools are out there, or how you can use your degree, don’t sit there and get stuck feeling overwhelmed. Take a minute, breathe and keep moving. Take some classes that interest you. You’ll find out quickly if it’s what you want to invest your time in. Look at graduate schools that are completely out of your comfort zone and see what’s really out there. But always keep moving and don’t get stuck in the frustrations and anxieties of life. A great friend once told me to embrace the questions because right now, you don’t understand the answers, but one day you will.
That’s why I try and keep moving. Letting negativity, rejection, disappointment, frustration and anxiety will only get you stuck in a rut – one that will have you standing still while all the great things life pass you by. Keep it moving so that you can be one of those great things in the world.