19. Is it okay to give up?

Yes. Because a lot of the things we pursue don’t really matter that much after all.

I don’t give up on family; I don’t give up on people. I don’t give up on myself becoming the best version that I can be.

But I start a lot of projects, and I’ve quit and given up on lots of them and it was for the best.

In ninth grade, I sat on the bench of the ninth grade team. I didn’t quit that team because I wasn’t supposed to quit–but sometimes I wonder if it would have been better if I had just walked out and done something better with my time. I never played on a basketball team after that bad experience, but that worked out really well for me, as the girl’s basketball team in my high school was plagued with drama and problems.

There are the wrong reasons to quit, like being afraid or being lazy. But there are good reasons to let go of something: sometimes dreams are impossible or messy or ugly, and we need to protect ourselves and the ones we love.

When we start something, we don’t always know what’s going to happen, and when we find out more information or things go wrong, it can be good to get to a better place.

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