When someone asks what you do for a living, what you plan to do, or what you are working your way toward pursuing, be damn proud of your answer. If you are not, then make a change. You don’t need to up and stop what you are doing right away, but start doing what you are passionate about on the side. If it develops into something worth giving all of your time to, then I believe you should do just that. I am only a college student right now, but I am old enough to have come across plenty of adults who are not satisfied with where they are in life. I don’t want that for my future. I am capable of so much more than I even know, and so are you.
Don’t do things you are not interested in. Don’t pursue something you don’t care about because it is a waste of time. Thinking back to high school, so much of my time was wasted. I could care less about maybe more than half of the stuff I learned, and I probably don’t remember much of it anyway. I hated English classes, and I still do, yet here I am writing everyday on this blog. No one is forcing me to write about things I don’t want to. I am doing this simply because it seemed like fun, and a great way for me to share my story with others. I am not pursuing PA school after my undergrad years because I think I am going to make good money, or impress other people by being in the medical field. I have a story, and I have passion & a drive to change the lives of others. God gave me a smart brain that I intend on using to its best abilities. No one put the idea in my head that this is what I must do. My parents never put any pressure on me to do things that I don’t want to, and I am so grateful for that.
Long side note: I think my parents are the absolute best in the world. They are actually two of the most dope, chilliest, and coolest people. My dad tries to be ‘strict’ sometimes, but he always comes around. I was the one who was allowed to have parties at my house when I was in high school, let 20 people sleep over at once, go to concerts all the time, take ski trips every year, I never have to lie to them, they don’t check up on my grades because they trust me, and I could go on forever. I am sure I will end up writing a whole blog about them because they really do deserve the world. My parents keep it so real, and always show me the truths about life. I am an adult now, and they are fully aware of that. There are a lot of kids who complain about their parents being too strict, or too uptight. I can honestly say that I have never been able to relate to something like that. They have shaped me into the independent individual that I am, and forever will be. I can hold my own, and I have them to thank for that.
AAAAnyway, get out of your comfort zone! Put your everything into what you love, don’t put your “almost, sorta, kinda effort” into something you don’t care about. The great thing is even if you fail at what you absolutely love, at least you enjoyed the process. People can tell you are passionate about what you love because you will speak about it in a different way than you speak about anything else. There are so many stories of people who hate their job, quit, and choose to travel. Other people drop out of college or high school to pursue careers in the music industry, or acting. Whatever it is, I say do it because we are here once, and once only.
I am in college because my goals for the future require a degree. I am giving it my all though, not just going through the motions. I am taking initiative. This summer I will be shadowing a PA, taking a summer course, being an EMT, and working a job at a concert venue for fun. I’m not bragging about this, trying to justify myself, or trying to say what I am doing is better than what someone else is doing. I am just trying to make the point that if I didn’t actually want to achieve my goals, I would be doing nothing this summer but sitting on the beach. When you want to do something that you know you love, it makes life all the more enjoyable.
So don’t watch other people live their dreams; start doing the same. Be inspirational, be motivated. Talk to yourself, tell yourself you are going to do great things today, and every day. Plant it in your brain. Not just once. Immerse yourself with whatever it is you want to do every single day. Get in the right mind set, and don’t make excuses. Not having enough time, enough money, or enough whatever are not valid statements. You make time, you find other ways, you experiment, you fail, you pick yourself up, and you achieve great things. Here is a video of the oldest yoga instructor in the world. Her age is not stopping her, and she is all about helping people see that they can do things that they think they can’t. Hope you liked this read, and maybe took something out of it.