It's amazing how quickly negativity can get me down.
I decided I'm going to grad school. Next fall. I want to get a Masters in Journalism. No, not education. And no, I haven't had any journalism experience since high school. Why do you ask?
I haven't tried to accomplish anything since high school. No competitions, no real application or challenges. The last time I went out on the line and tried working for something I wanted was when I was a senior, and I applied to be the English Sterling Scholar for my high school (something I achieved, by the way, even though in hindsight I think it was because only one other person applied). I didn't put any effort into college applications, I never worked to get published or entered contests while in college, and now that I'm past university I thought I'd just ride out that life of mediocrity.
Too bad I don't want that.
I want a spectacular life, I want to work hard and feel pride in what I'm doing. I want to be able to point to something and say, "There. I did that. And it was hard. BUT I DID IT."
There are two things impeding me in this goal.
1) I am lazy. Every time I want to work on something, there's this little part of my brain that starts talking about all the shows now available on Netflix, and how hard I've already worked that day, and how I need just a little break to restore my creative juices. Next thing I know, I'm two hours deep into Mad Men and yelling about how Jon Hamm deserves all the things in the world. All the things.
2) I am a defeatist. As much as I try to think positively, and to constantly be reassuring (after all, I am freaking awesome), when the pedal hits the metal there's only one thing going through my head. And that's how much I suck. How big of a failure I am. I can't write. I can't sell myself. I have no impressive qualifications or character traits that set me ahead of the curve. When I look at the requirements for applications, and then look at myself, it's ridiculous. I just see a person with a giant average sticker.
Oh, I see you have a B+ average. That's adorable. Oh, I see you wrote a term paper on Dracula and Feminine Sexuality. That's a subject that's been heavily examined before. You want to write articles? The last thing you wrote for a newspaper was about your favorite pair of shoes? Oh, that's just the cutest thing ever. Now excuse me while I talk to this intern who has been ghostwriting for the New York Times, working in an inner-city school and has published several articles about the potential cure for AIDS.
I know that I have something to offer schools. People. Life. But I have a serious problem noticing all the positives when I'm paralyzed by every downfall, frozen in place by my own inadequacies. It's so much more comforting to never try and never fail.