Published on September 2nd, 2015 | by Elizabeth Holland
It’s Okay to Do Boring Hard Things: Elizabeth’s Story
After reading so many great entries for the Do Hard Things Story Contest, we’ve decided to highlight a story on TheRebelution every week for the rest of the year. Each story emphasizes how Do Hard Things has impacted these rebelutionaries. Today, meet Elizabeth!
A friend gave me a copy of Do Hard Things when I turned 16.
The first hard thing I did was make time for reading it. And wow – it really challenged my thinking and the way I had been living.
This book changed the way I viewed my teenage-hood, realizing that I can start living life NOW, start working towards my goals NOW, start reaching for my dreams NOW. It also acknowledged the fact that it might hurt, that it wasn’t going to be easy, and that it would probably take several tries.
I’ve always wanted to be an author, but now I’m proactively trying to get my work published.
Before, I was too afraid of failure.
At this moment, I’m writing a few stories for an online homeschool magazine. And it took a lot of tries. I sent emails to about a dozen worthy magazines, and about three of them responded – two positively. I ended up with only one at the end of all of it.
More often than not, the hard things for me are not applying for a job or writing for a magazine. It’s putting down the book I’m reading, getting off my social media, turning off my computer.
It’s putting away the distractions until my priorities are taken care of. Or (more embarrassingly) ordering for myself at a restaurant, going to the store by myself, and beginning to direct my own life in general.
I read TheRebelution blog regularly, and I’m constantly impressed by other teens whose stories are profiled. They’re my age or younger pursuing the vision of doing hard things.
And doing BIG hard things – like inventing a fingerprint-sensitive gun at 17, becoming a professional grade chef at 14, or raising awareness for cerebral palsy by carrying a younger brother for 47 miles at age 16. It helps me to put my life in perspective, and gives me new energy to strive for my own goals.
But even more than being impressed by other teens, I’m impressed by my mom.
My mother suffers from diverticulitis, and for about 4 or 5 months this past spring, she was basically out of commission. It meant that I needed to step up and take care of things, shuttle my younger siblings places, do more housework and miss out on a few things since she needed to stay home.
Sometimes it was hard, especially at times when we missed out on fun things (like debate parties) since she was in so much pain. I got tired. I wished she could be healed and things could go back to normal – when things were easier. I also realized how much work she does for our family now that I needed to do some of it.
She especially inspired me by still taking us to speech and debate tournaments, even if it meant that she’d be aching by the end of every day. She sacrificed comfort.
My mom is a huge example of doing hard things. Doing hard MUNDANE things.
When people hear a sermon, each one is touched or convicted uniquely and applies the message in a different way. For me, when my mom got sick, the message was, “You need to kick it into gear.” I think everyone in our family learned something different from this event and the Lord has built up our family from it.
My mom has shown me real time that it’s okay to do hard boring things. I’m realizing that even if I don’t become a recognized author, if I take care of my responsibilities with a cheerful heart and without the world’s accolades, it’s okay.
I don’t need the world to praise me, I don’t need to be famous, or anything. I just need my Master to be pleased and to say on the last day, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Thank you, Brett and Alex, for your inspiration!
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