Giving Up (Reprise); My Trip to New York

It’s not often that I disagree with myself, and there’s an even lower chance that I’ll actually allow myself to write a rebuttal to an already published article. Despite having written about admitting one’s mistakes before, I’ve found that I very rarely admit my own because they’re relatively minor (on the blog anyway); things that I can change quickly without much notice. In this way, grammatical errors and punctuational mistakes are fallacies that I try to fix right away; once a mistake has been identified, I quickly fix it without much pomp and circumstance, and I continue on my way.

Suffice it to say, if it’s an entire idea that’s wrong (in my opinion, ironically), I don’t feel it’s right to erase the original article and replace it with an updated edition. After all, I write for opinion and idea, and if I erase one of my previous ideas from existence, the hypocrisy would be daunting, if not rude and disrespectful to anyone who read the original.

Though, truthfully, it isn’t so much a matter of principle as it is a matter of accepting that I was wrong, and that my opinion, though still entirely valid, is no longer something I believe in. Simply put, I no longer condone giving up, with the only exception being no possible way to gain anything from moving forward. That, I feel, was what was lacking in the original article; by focusing far too much on why giving up is essentially a cultural “No-no,” I was taking away from the more important point, all the while making it look like it’s alright to give up after a single try.

Yes, there is a colloquial disdain for giving up, and in good reason. I’ve previously discussed the difficulties of life, however letting these difficulties impede progress and forward movement is absolutely unacceptable. At the simplest level, giving up after a single failure or marred attempt is one of the most reproachable actions any individual can carry out, even worse than changing an entire article while making no mention of it anywhere else.

Ironically, the reason I’ve been thinking about that particular article is because I’ve realized I can’t actually write emotional travelogues, and no matter how hard I seem to try, writing about my recent trip to New York without making it sound like an excerpt from a travel and leisure magazine. Granted, there’s nothing wrong with such publications, but considering my intent isn’t to deliver such a piece of literature, it stands to reason that my new-found ability to document sights and sounds in such a manner (though new and oddly hilarious) is in way beneficial.

I considered giving up on writing the New York articles altogether because I’ve fulfilled my criteria for doing so; I’ve tried for over three weeks, and no matter what I do, nothing I write is good enough. If I so chose, I could stop trying to write about New York and find it possible to enjoy a fantastic night’s sleep with no worries or concerns. Yet for some reason, though I have been sleeping incredibly well since returning, I’ve found that whenever I do try to write anything, my mind locates the same topic it’s been finding for over three weeks. Interestingly, though it wouldn’t bother me if I quit trying, I’m not ready to give up. Interestingly, though my personal creed would welcome the experience, I’m not quite yet ready to give up on writing about my travels.

As such, I’d like to offer an amendment to my previously defined rules on giving up; I refuse to give up on any situation, no matter how tedious it may be, until I can be satisfied with myself for doing so. That, most importantly, is what I managed to gather from my travels to New York; no matter how difficult something may seem, and no matter how impossible it may appear to gather any data worth acknowledging, there is no worse action than giving up altogether.

I wasn’t entirely wrong when I said that there’s a colloquial disdain for quitting, and I can finally understand why. Quitting, in it’s simplest definition, is acknowledging that we can’t do something, but it’s far more than that. Quitting is acknowledging that we have failed at something. Quitting is acknowledging that there is no reason to continue trying something. Quitting, in summation, is accepting that no matter the mistake, there is no solution.

Contrary to popular belief, there is always a solution, and there is always a reason.

I’d like to quickly mention that I’ve finally written about my trip to New York. I’d also like to mention that my plans involved discussing my 6 days, and making specific mention of the museums I visited, the streets I walked along, and the avenues I traversed. I imagined that I’d talk about the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Bloomingdale’s (even though I was only there for a few moments) and 5th Avenue (especially since I was there for over 2 hours). I planned on making mention of how, on New Year’s Eve, I planned on seeing the ball drop live, but instead spent time with newly met acquaintances.

Instead, I wrote an article about my new-found belief in not giving up, though therein lies a very good point: if I had quit trying to write about New York, I doubt I’d have gotten a chance to share my new opinion with any audience – imaginary, or otherwise.

As always, this has been your Admin, the Avid Blogger; comment, subscribe, and criticize, and DO remember! Always look on the BYTE side of life!

-EK

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