I’m 18 years old sitting on the chair in my kitchen table taking the time to write to all of you, my readers, about my plans and goals in life. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been asked about what my plans for school are, what I want to be when I grow up, and where I want to go to accomplish that. They are intimidating questions in which I feel I can never speak the truth, for the feeling of judgement of others constantly creeps down my spine. In our society, too often we feel the need to follow the “norms” and live the lifestyle of another in order to compete and seem accomplished/ successful to the people around us, when this shouldn’t be the case. We each live our own lives and go through certain milestones at different points as we all do things in our own time. No two people are the same. In a world where we only get one shot at life I think it is such a waste to throw away your passions and do something you aren’t happy doing, just to make money or seem worthy in the eyes of another. If I could send a message out to anyone, it would be to go experience the world and follow your passions because your talent is something unique to you that no one else has and can get you so far. It would be a waste to do nothing with it. I know for me personally, I’ve always loved helping others because it fills up a certain spot inside of me and just has always made me feel so good. Nothing has ever really been able to replace it. That’s why I decided this past summer to take a solo journey to volunteer in Costa Rica with people I didn’t even know. Helping so many people on a variety of projects from organic farms, to working with kids in schools, to a sea turtle conservation, and beach cleanups, it really opened my eyes to what makes me happy. It further deepened my belief that in life my purpose is to help others. I now have the idea that I want to go to school to become a social worker and I’d still get out and see the world and volunteer in my free time. I know for a fact it is something I will continue to do. Even with this blog, it is a passion of mine to share my experiences and life journeys in the hopes that it can touch one person and make their life better in some way. That’s always been the ultimate goal of mine. Without going on the trip I don’t know that I would’ve realized that and that’s why I think going out and experiencing the world is so important. So many people today rush in to post secondary school not knowing what they want to do and end up not liking it before, or when they finish, or years down the road. That’s why I cant stress enough that it is really never too late to start doing what you love. Yes, money is important but at the end of your life sitting back knowing you followed your goals and passions is a far greater takeaway. Anything that you try hard enough for you can achieve as long as you stay positive, believe in yourself, and have supportive people around you. So speaking now directly to the people who ask these “intimidating” questions, I encourage you to instead ask young adults what they’re passionate about and I believe you will get a far greater response. Realize how lucky you are to wake up every morning and start to think about accomplishing things that make you happy. Don’t be afraid to take risks because when you do so, I think you will find out how much you are truly capable of. All you really need is faith in yourself and your beliefs, for they can take you to extraordinary places.
Thank you and as always, if you need to talk I’m here.
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