Give It Up

Brandon Garland
5 min readJan 5, 2018

Independence. It’s a core value, even the core value, to many. It’s especially close to the hearts of those under the age of 30. It’s my life, my decisions, my goals, my body, my wants, my needs. You can’t tell me what I should or shouldn’t do. And, maybe more than any of these, it’s my future, and my plan of how to get there. Many hold their internal concept and vison of the future so closely that they’d sacrifice nearly everything else to keep it.

The flaw in this is that the one who initiates a plan is responsible for executing the plan. If it’s my plan, I’m the one who has to make sure that it works. I’ve planned minor things, like roadtrips with friends or youth events at church. Even in these relatively small, stress-free settings, there’s a weight to being the one responsible for making sure that it works out.

When you’re the one setting the course of your entire life, by yourself, in your strength, by your wisdom, you’ve put yourself under a lot of pressure. There are a lot of variables in life; things that even if you do everything in your power according to plan; accomplishing every goal, making every decision, forming the right connections, can still go wrong.

Honestly, there are a scary number of things are out of your control. Totally out of your control. Health. Sure, you can work out and eat healthy, but you can’t guarantee your own health, nor how long…

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Brandon Garland

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