Northwest Missourian Opinion

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the phrase “winners never quit” are the biggest lies we as people were ever be forced to believe. It’s been pushed into our brains our entire lives as a way to motivate us to finish through on what we started.

There’s not a problem with that at a young age — mostly because when we are young, we don’t really have anything so tough that it makes sense to quit.

 I mean, was pee-wee soccer really that much of an inconvenience to your 5-year-old lifestyle that you needed to hang up the cleats? Don’t think so. 

Hopefully, as we all got older, we began to realize that some battles just aren’t worth fighting for.

 Everyone quits at some point in their lives. If we all didn’t quit our first jobs, we would all be managers at fast-food restaurants with insane amounts of tenure.

Sometimes quitting is the best feeling of all time. 

Have you ever quit being friends with someone you don’t like very much? It’s an amazing feeling, and you should do it right now.

The problem is that quitting gets a bad wrap sometimes. We get peer pressured into believing that whatever we are doing is the best option for us, even though it definitely isn’t. 

Yes, there will always be backlash for quitting, but the person that knows what’s best for you is you. And only you can decide when to quit something that isn’t in your best interest.

There are a few cases where quitting isn’t a good idea. If you quit impulsively without any second thoughts, you are most likely going to regret it. Quitting should be a well thought out decision based on what is best for you. 

With that in mind, all of us go through a phase where we think we know what is good for us, and it totally isn’t.

This could be something like smoking, drinking or an extra helping of gravy on Thanksgiving. We know we should quit before it gets worse, but we continue on anyway. 

Quitting is necessary sometimes, and that’s just the way it is. If there were ever a person on this Earth who did not quit at least one thing, I would feel awful for them.

 People also like to rephrase the word “quit” to sound more acceptable. They’ll use terms like “moving on,” “resigning” or “I won't play for the Raiders if I can't wear a helmet from 1990,” and it’s just another way of announcing you have, indeed, quit.

People should be able to say they quit something without getting the condescending looks or the classic “oh wow” phrase that is used so often. Instead, we should all agree to accept quitting openly, so we’ll feel more free to open up and do what really makes us happy.

So, go on, quit. 

Hate your job? Quit working there. 

Don’t like to play sports anymore? Quit playing them altogether. 

Losing at a board game? Flip the board and quit. 

Because it’s okay to quit sometimes, as long as it’s right for you.

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