Trendspotter: Giving up

BY BRIAN DAU | MAY 08, 2009 7:26 AM

In Winston Churchill’s famous “Never Give In” speech, he implored the listener to “never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” But let’s face it, times are tough, and Churchill gave that speech almost 70 years ago. School sucks, work sucks, and the economy sucks, so it’s time to toss every one of our towels into the middle of the ring. And then burn them for warmth, because who can afford utilities right now?

At some point during the school year, every student reaches a certain point when he or she just can’t take any more. For many, giving up is a bonding experience akin to when Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching, in that people can remember exactly where they were when it happened. Maybe it was 11 pages deep into a 15-page term paper, or during the third-consecutive sleepless night amid towering stacks of library books. Or maybe it was somewhere in the middle of that final short piece of the year written for a certain newspaper.

The point is, giving up can be a liberating (if potentially grade-threatening) collegiate experience. So don’t resist the urge to quit everything, curl up in the fetal position on your bed, and plead for a swift death. Embrace it, because quitters never win, but winners die of stress-induced heart attacks in their early 40s.

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