Do What Makes YOU Happy

By: Danielle Spitz, Guest Blogger

It can be hard to stay motivated when all you have to work for are straight A’s or your weekly paycheck. Constant success is a daunting and ultimately unachievable goal, but we’d be lying if we said we don’t aspire to it.

My life is practically a never-ending routine. Wake up, go to school, work on the newspaper, go to sports practice, do homework, go to sleep, and repeat. This type of schedule is not uncommon for most people, but falling into such a customary pattern makes it really easy to forget why you’re doing it in the first place.

Although I am still very young and have plenty of years of awaiting life experiences ahead of me, I can say that I know one thing for sure, and that is to do what makes you happy. The key word in that phrase is you. Meaning, don’t do what makes your parents happy or what makes your friends happy. Important life decisions are a rare breed of cases in which it is acceptable, and even encouraged, to be conceited and accept that it’s all about you!

As much as the people around you may think they have control over your life, it is your life and that is something no one can rightfully take away from you. It’s true that the people close to you have a great impact on your life, but in the end it all comes down to you and the decisions you make.


Take a minute to step back and think about what your days consist of. If you are not excited to see what tomorrow may bring, maybe some rearranging is in order. Swap out one pursuit for another and leave ample time for the results to kick in. Change takes some getting used to, so don’t expect the transition to be quick.

With that being said, there is a fine line between doing what makes you happy and quitting on your obligations. High school isn’t my perfect idea of fun, but I know that all of my hard work will eventually pay off, so I stay focused and try my best. Maybe math class doesn’t necessarily make me happy in the moment, but the skills I acquire and an improved work ethic sure do.

Finding an appropriate balance between work and play can be tough, and I definitely haven’t mastered it myself quite yet. But like anything else, with practice comes improvement. And along with improvement comes more satisfying results with are assured to make you happier. So I encourage you to go out and find your passion and what truly makes you happy.

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About Danielle

spitz.jpgHigh school student Danielle Spitz is an aspiring journalist. She writes for her school newspaper and of course IATG! She loves reading, writing, running, binge watching anything on Netflix, shopping, and contributing to a world in which women build each other up and receive the respect they deserve. 


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