Wednesday, 4 December 2013

"Giving Up"

The term giving up has always been really confusing to me. Is it a good or bad thing? Because surely if someone is doing something they don't like & take the initiative to stop doing that thing...that's good. But others might say they've "given up". Okay, well I'm here to challenge the thinking that giving up is a bad thing. To be honest, I think giving up on some things could be the best decisions some people make.

(This is not to say you should just quit everything you don't like & do nothing. I'm saying if you can foresee a different future on a different path, with different opportunities, take it. Giving up on the old, hopeless, sad routine is good.)

I'm in university now, first year, first semester trying to figure out what to do. I don't believe university is about knowing, but discovering. I've been contemplating changing my major for a while now & one of my friends said, "You're just giving up though. You should stick it out."
Why is it "giving up" if I'm stopping something I don't enjoy & doing something else. If that's what it means to give up, then I'm going to say it's not a bad thing.

I think we as humans are more in tune with the things we don't like than the things we do. We are 100% sure we don't like the things we don't, but we're not completely sure of the things we do. Therefore, if I'm sure I don't like something & I've given up on it to pursue other things I think that's good. It's easier to not give up, and not think hard about what you really want to do. Giving up on things is a leap. It isn't easy jumping from one degree to another, or quitting the job you hate to move to another. Hell, quitting is one of the hardest decisions a person can make. It's brave. I'm challenging the thinking. Giving up requires a ton of freaking bravery.

Maybe I've got it all wrong, please leave your opinions down in the comments. See you very soon!


x Leah Symonne x


  1. I don't think you got anything wrong, I totally agree with everything you said. I am alwas so sure of what I do not like and if this doesn't work for me, I say no, see ya, I'm trying my very best in something else. I'mma go now, no that's not my cup of tea. I hate it when people see this as giving up, and saying this seems riddiculous, too because, why is giving up even a bad thing? who said that?

  2. I think giving up would be to drop out of uni all together but wanting a change isn't necessarily giving up, it's just changing the direction of what you want to do/your life. I always think about this and wonder when it is time to 'give up' and walk away from something - what if you hang on for too long or what if you walk away just when you're about to make a success of something? Gahh, life
    Saadiya x

  3. Hi dear,

    I like your pretty blog, I'll be back more often =)
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    Kisses, Ana

  4. But to 'stick it out' would surely be...I think 'wasting' is too harsh a word...but you'd be spending three years of your life (and lots of your money) on something which isn't right for you, something you aren't enjoying! Life is way too short is my opinion on things :)

    Cathy x

  5. great post! :)

  6. I think that giving up can sometimes be a good thing. The word just has a really negative tone, because some people never finish what they start. Constantly giving up on things is not ok. But I do think you have a point with this post! You should definitely follow your heart with the decisions in college. Whether it means you're "giving up" or just letting go.

  7. That is so true:) Lovely blog♥


  8. Giving up is stopping something and not facing up to something new or different, or at least trying again. Making changes does require courage but it's certainly not a bad thing! Good luck with whatever you do! :)