These days, I can’t go five seconds without stumbling on some form of article about how it’s okay to be lost and confused on my social media feed. You know, the ones that tell you about how adult life is a constant struggle of balance, and that you’re strong and brave for even living through it all, day to day. And for the most part, I enjoy reading them. I believe in empowering others through encouragement and at times, I do take heart in the comfort they offer.

And yet, perhaps it’s because I grew up in a competitive environment, where pressure for the best grades and the most active curricular activities dominated my formative schooling days, but I start to wonder if no one is up for a challenge anymore. Has it gotten to the point where simply waking up can legitimately be considered an achievement now? I ask, because as I read more and more of these placating words, I wonder if I am being spoon-fed mere platitudes, or if I am being too cynical, and if the world really has become too oppressive to have a marginally well-balanced life.

We are told the cautionary tales of the Icaruses before us, but how could he himself have known of the limitations of wax on his wings if he didn’t fly that close to the sun?

I ask, because as more of my peers succumb to the idealistic view of floating through life as if one is as aimless as a paper airplane in the breeze, I start to wonder if juggling three jobs to chase my dreams is really worth it.

I ask, because there are days when I truly feel exhausted and I slip into bed at 2 in the morning, so I feed on the banality of hollow encouragements and wonder if it really is okay to give up again.

I ask, because even as I work with four hours of sleep, I continue to dedicate myself to my crafts and to those who depend on me, and I realize again with clarity that I don’t live for myself.

Don’t allow yourself to be cocooned in complacency, but have faith that you have indeed been called for more.

While being told that you’re doing fine is great, sometimes, nothing else will light that fire like a call to arms. And this is mine, to you.

If you’re putting off that assignment, do it now. Do it now and be proud of the fact that you’ve started on something earlier than you usually do. Starting early also means you don’t have to do a rush job of it and you can truly create an amazing piece of work.

If you’ve been meaning to start an exercise regime, do it now. Download a fitness app and get started. You don’t need a gym membership to start taking care of your body.

If there’s a job opportunity you’re too afraid to apply for fear of rejection, do it anyway. Being rejected only means you’re free to continue to pursue other paths.

We live in a society that exults success stories and buries the flops ten feet under the surface, but it’s the failures that make the victories sweeter. We are told the cautionary tales of the Icaruses before us, but how could he himself have known of the limitations of wax on his wings if he didn’t fly that close to the sun?

So take heart in the struggles you are facing. Take heart that you have a goal worth fighting for, whether it’s merely trying to get up earlier in the morning, or working for that next promotion in your company, but don’t stop there. Don’t allow yourself to be cocooned in complacency, but have faith that you have indeed been called for more. Has God not formed you to be more than a creature that merely exists for the sake of being created?

Remember, it’s completely understandable to loathe the sting of failure and feel overwhelmed with one’s numerous responsibilities. But don’t allow yourself to be fenced in by self-pity and uncertainty. Just take a deep breath, whisper a prayer, and jump off that cliff of safety zones into the unknown. A challenge awaits you.