Jenna Bartlett

Whatever you do, don’t quit.

If you’re any normal American teenager out there, you’ve probably heard of DJ Khaled, the famous DJ who wrote songs such as “I’m the One” and “Wild Thoughts”. Some of his lyrics may be questionable, but one of my favorite songs by him is “Don’t Quit”, featuring Travis Scott and Jeremih. I’m not so concerned about the whole song’s lyrics, however, the best line of the whole song that truly stuck with me was “you’re doing good right now, don’t quit”.

Sometimes, life looks so extremely bleak and we just can’t seem to see the bright side of things. We feel like giving up—we feel like quitting. I’ve felt that on more than one occasion, as though this time, unlike any other time, is going to be the time I’ll fall apart and won’t be able to put the pieces back together again. But, because I’ve had so many times I’ve felt like this, I’ve learned to look at past victories I’ve had and tell myself, “you’ve had this before and every time, it’s passed and you’ve felt calm, cool and collected”. Most of the time, I have to turn to the Lord and remind myself He’s holding my hand consistently, so I don’t have to worry about falling down and not picking myself back up again.

The strongest people and the people who go far in life, don’t quit.

Other times, I’ve felt like this on my runs. When I’m on super long distance runs, and I’m out eight or nine miles, quitting feels like such a great option, because I am at such a dark place realizing I have another eight miles to return home. I have to specifically put on this particular song and listen to it on repeat because if I don’t, there won’t be no way I’m getting home on these legs. But I put it on, pray, and just keep my feet moving, and before I know it, I’m home, kissing the driveway and making sure it’s true—I’m home.

Quitting is easy. You can easily say, I can’t do this, this is too much, she/he can do it better than me, etc. But the strongest people and the people who go far in life, don’t quit. They sure as heck feel like it, but they don’t they. Those people who you think have it so easy—they don’t. Life tosses and squashes them just like their in a washing machine just the same as life tosses and squashes you. You may not see it, but it’s there. They may hide it well, but it’s there. My point is, even if someone seems all good and fine, there could always be something going on behind the scenes. So, my simple advice, be there for everyone and be nice to everyone. Be friends with everyone you meet and don’t judge people based on who they are when you first meet them, their clothes, their smell, or what kind of shoes they’re wearing. They could be fighting the same battles you are, and you don’t even know it.

The good news is, all of you are doing good right now, and I don’t want any of you to quit, because you’re all killing it at life at the moment and it would be a shame to see you stop now. You’re doing good right now, don’t quit!

Philippians 4:13 — “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”