Growing up, our future is pretty much drilled into our heads. We’re supposed to graduate high school, go to college, graduate in 4 years, find a career and retire. We don’t question it.
We’ve been taught since day one to follow those rules, even if that means to do things and have jobs we hate so that we have something to complain about with our friends and call that “quality time”. We’re told we should always take the easy road and play it safe, to do what’s guaranteed. But that route isn’t for everyone, some people get really lost on that road. Some people might not know what they want but would rather die than go down that road. Don’t get me wrong, for the lucky ones who have known all along what their passion is and what they want in life, having that plan laid out for them is a dream. This is not written for those people. What about the ones that don’t know what they want? Or the ones that have potential to do so much but do horrible on tests? Or have high goals for themselves outside of getting a degree? I just don’t see what the rush most people my age have to get a degree in something when many of them end up wanting nothing to do with their degree once they’re done.
The most difficult part of not taking that route is listening to what you know is best for you, while trying to block out the advice coming from friends and family at the same time. Their hearts are in the right place, they want you to do what’s guaranteed because they want you to do well, they just don’t understand that it’s not for everyone. Don’t follow a path just because it was handed to you. Follow what you decide even if it’s not what you grew up thinking it would be or what your parents planned for you. Not everyone is meant for the 9 to 5, for listening to rules, for doing things that don’t make sense to them, for things they don’t even care about and pretending their boss is the smartest person in the room, all while pretending to love what they do. Some just want to do things that mean something to someone, that actually impact someone’s life. To experiment and create new things that make them want to wake up every morning and to be a better person. Theres a million routes you can take and not one path is going to be for everyone. You can get school over with first, wait to go, or you can not go at all, college will always be there when you’re ready for it. I am not suggesting not to go to school, that is not at all what I’m trying to get across. I’m suggesting that you stop expecting school to just hand you a life you’ll be happy with. Stop waiting until you’re done to decide what your options are. I’m suggesting you find something that makes you excited and inspired and you do that because you want to. If you quit, it was probably never for you in the first place, and when you don’t quit, you’ll be glad you didn’t settle. All I’m saying is that as long as you’re intentional about finding what your route is in life and actually doing it, don’t listen to what other people have to say about it, because they will have something to say about it.
I hope someone found this helpful,
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