I was listening to a podcast earlier today, and it got me to thinking. He was talking about a foundation he made called Leaving Normal Behind. While what he was talking about had nothing to do with what I thought it had to do with, it got me to thinking.
Society makes you believe that you have to follow a certain path in order to be successful. You grow up thinking that you must go to school, then to college, and finally go straight into work. Not any type of profession either, most likely a desk job. The thought of doing anything else was thought to set you up for failure.
While some people still think this certain way, and while it is not wrong by any means, it is not the only way to be happy and successful. We live in such an amazing world, it’s crazy to believe that there is only one way to be “normal”.
I have been blessed in the fact that my family have never forced me to go down any certain path. I have never been forced to fit into a mold. I have switched what I wanted to do with my life at least a dozen times, from wanting to be a dentist (yes, I actually wanted to be a dentist when I was younger. They gave these cool sailor moon looking rings, and I thought if I was a dentist, I would get to keep all the rings to myself, aha) to being a fashion designer. Each and every time my family has been extremely supportive. The same could be said about each of my siblings.
I graduated school back in May, and while I was expected to find this super fancy desk job, I decided not to do that. I decided to invest in what is making me happy, traveling and blogging! I have to admit that it is an uncomfortable moment whenever someone asks me what I’m doing with my life. They have this awkward look on their face, followed by an “ohh, that’s cool…”. They make me feel as if I’m somehow less of a person, because I went to college, and didn’t get a job in the profession I studied in.
The truth of the matter is that I’m not following any set plan. While that used to frighten me, I have to say it’s actually a bit reliving in the sense that I’m doing what makes ME happy. I’m leaving the idea of what should be normal behind. I was extremely stressed the first few months after graduating, I am happy to say that I no longer feel that way.
Regardless what you want to do, you have to realize that you can achieve it. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it isn’t possible. You want to do something in the creative field, you can do it. I mean, an opportunity might not fall right into your lap, but if you work hard, you can reach your goals.
Don’t ever feel like you don’t have a choice. It is your life. Don’t ever forget that.
Have a wonderful day/night. Sending you all love, strength, and positive vibes.