Happy New Month Tush fam, and hello, August! I can’t believe we’ve already reached the eighth month of the year. 2022 is flying by, and as the year progresses, many people are taking stock of the year and what they have accomplished thus far. We’re in the final month of the second quarter of the year, and it’s starting to feel surreal and a little scary for some people who have not yet accomplished much of what they set out to do this year.

I completely understand the feeling of being stuck, underachieving, or falling behind. It’s especially surreal for me around this time of year because I’ll be older by September, and it’s natural to worry about your life’s accomplishments and achievements, things you want to do, and the legacy you want to leave. For the past few weeks, I’ve felt stuck and concerned about my personal and professional development. And, based on conversations with friends and family, it’s clear that a lot of people are also currently facing anxiety and stress.

The constant rise of the dollar, as well as the state of the country, has not made worrying any easier. As if trying to achieve your dreams in this country wasn’t difficult enough, now the prices of everything have risen, and if you’re a business owner who has been struggling with sales and now has to increase your prices due to current inflation, it’s not a good situation to be in. All of this is especially difficult when you look around and see so many people, some of whom are your peers that are doing exceptionally well for themselves. This further compounds the problem by making you feel as if you’re not working hard enough or that there’s something you’re not doing properly.

I was feeling particularly down one morning last week when I came across a post by Christian creative Oladimeji Ajegbile, whom we have previously featured in Tush Magazine. The post titled “little accomplishments” was a thread from his Twitter page. I decided not to paraphrase and instead show you the post in its entirety. The pictures below are taken from this post.

A few things I would like to highlight from this post are that comparison really is the thief of joy. As a content creator, I know that a lot of what you see on social media is curated and planned. Most people only show you the best parts of their lives and keep out all the messy stuff, which makes you believe that it’s all rosy with them when in reality it isn’t. I tend to forget sometimes that this is what we do, and most of it is not real. Also, in the past couple of weeks, I have lost count of the people I know who has passed on. The fact that you are still alive and well and you show up every day to your job, business, or whatever you do is a huge deal and a major accomplishment. One thing I believe, and I make an effort to remember, is that consistency pays off. It may appear that no one is paying attention to what you’re doing, but I assure you they are. Just keep showing up and working hard. You will soon reap the benefits of your efforts.

Everything I’m saying here, I’m also saying to myself, and I hope this little message helps you stay strong and encourages you to celebrate yourself because you’re doing great and I applaud your tenacity and strength.

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