Nobody said it was easy

Couldn’t be a better fitting title for this than the Coldplay song. Just when I thought I’d tried everything this year, I’ve stumbled across yet another destination on my quest to adult life.

For those of you who frequently read my ramblings (bet it’s thrilling), you may already know that my plan for next year was to graduate and start at a new University to study a Master’s Degree. Now I’m not so sure that that will be the case. Not yet anyway.

I was asked today if I’d ever thought about standing for one of Officer positions within the Students' Union. In all honesty, not particularly, no. There was one occasion during my first year when I was told I’d be good at it. I was in an interview for a position on the University newspaper, and somehow the answers I gave made them think I was capable of running in the election. Not a clue how that happened.

Therein lies the problem.

I had never previously seen myself as capable of doing something like that. It’s a far cry from anything I’ve ever done before. Thinking about it give me butterflies in my stomach that are so big I feel like I might recreate John Hurt’s death scene in Alien. However, I think that I might have developed enough over the last couple of years to at least consider it.

The issue for me is time. I don’t feel like I have enough of it; there are not enough hours in the day. If how quickly this semester has gone by is any indication, next semester I’m going to have a whole lot to do over a relatively short period of time. Between classes, writing a dissertation, running a newspaper, applying for a Master’s, and writing a witty yet clever blog, can I really handle an election campaign as well? Would I even be in with a chance of winning?

Valid points, all of them. But you can only make excuses for so long.

The fact of the matter is, it would be ridiculous not to at least try. A wise person (well, sorta) said to me, if you want the best out of life you are going to have to challenge yourself. I can’t argue with that, not even a little bit. I talk a good game to other people about doing as much as they can to better themselves, and it’s about time I took my own advice.

I could fail completely, fall flat on my face. But I’m about 99.9% sure this is risk worth taking, regardless of the outcome.

So here’s where I’m at. I’m thinking I have to stand in the elections, got to give a go. If all goes well, do that for a term and then go on to do my Master’s. Just thinking about all of this makes me want to lie down and take a good, long nap. No, hard work now, the napping comes later.

Here’s to the challenge.