Looking back, I can see very clearly times in my life that were trying, full of struggle and the unknown. Times that I truly didn’t know which way was up.
I wish I could say that my choices during those times were calculated and that I knew I was going to succeed but I can’t as I’d be lying. I also can’t say that because it misrepresents how crazy this wild ride that we call life is.
The truth is, I’ve always jumped before I was ready and most of the times I didn’t think my choices through. I could see what I wanted and even if I didn’t feel like I deserved it or was meant to have it because of my background or current circumstance, I’d just go for it. At the time, I didn’t feel brave but as I look back on how I’ve been able to create who I am now, I know I was brave. I lost friends, got into debt and out of debt, took on 2 jobs and full time schooling and eventually earned my MBA.
Some things didn’t work out and others did.
I learned that it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t. I learned that I’d rather struggle with paying for books for college and trying to work jobs around my schedule than have the greatest social life. I learned that I’d rather be able to pay my bills and support myself than buy the new clothes, get my hair done or go to the bar. I learned that it’s not about what you look like but about who you are and what makes you come alive that matters.
At first the ladder I was climbing had 3 steps. Go to school, get your own place and support yourself and start believing in yourself. I just wanted to be productive, patient and consistent.
This is your life, and it is made up entirely of your choices. Set more goals, give back to those around you and fail few hundred more times. It’s OK! That means you are living!
It’s such a misconception that when people get to a certain level that it is just there for them. The work NEVER stops. Learning can never stop. Setting new goals can never stop. If you are truly living and growing, I believe you are failing and messing things up too. No one and nothing is perfect and it’s not meant to be as there is absolutely nothing to learn from a pain free life.
May your actions speak louder than your words.
May your life preach louder than your lips.
May your success be your noise.
And if life only teaches you one thing, let it be that taking a passionate leap is always worth it.
Even if you have no idea where you’re going to land, be brave enough to step up to the edge of the unknown, and listen to your heart.
There are too many people out there living a mediocre life but you’re meant for more aren’t you?!