A little late on my post, I presume. However, who isn’t fashionably late?
A lot has been going on in my mind, to where I am understanding more about how happy I am in my current situation. Before I begin, I never expected to tell anyone about this because I expected criticism in the lines of being a failure and such. Who gives a
shit? As long as you are happy, work hard, and you are able to contribute your happiness and support to others – I believe that can stand for success.
Back to what I was about to announce – I am a college dropout, I have a Government job, I own a home and car, and I am 21. Let’s break this down a little more. WHAT.
What was I thinking dropping out of college? For short, I wasn’t really interested in school. Now, to many of you, it seems like a stupid idea. Honestly, at the time, I was thinking the same thing. What gave me a bit of hope was my older brother telling me “This is your life. There are many people that have done well in life and haven’t gotten a diploma – but those exact people are the 1 percenters of the world.” This goes back to my favorite saying (this is mine, I don’t need to cite
shit), from my last story, “my path, my pace.” I believed that I had a better future than to just pay my way to earning a piece of paper that will say my name and not guarantee a job. So what did you do? I worked my ass off, got myself an internship, worked even harder, and stumbled my way into government work.
I work and make a pretty good living. Doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop here. I just need to gain more experience and work harder. There might be a time where I will have to blossom and pursue a different company that can support me. However, I do a great job and the work is in a field I am knowledgeable in. Getting this job was hard. I applied to dozens and dozens of jobs before getting a call back – finding out that they were interested in what I can provide (with my skills and knowledge from my internship). Nevertheless, after many interviews, three weeks roll by and I was awarded the job! My beautiful girlfriend sat right next to me, in my car, listening to the job offer voicemail. Take as many attempts as you possibly can in life. It may not work the first time, but it sure as hell will work one day.
I own a home and a car. These are great accomplishments, but mainly I purchased this home for my mom and the car was a gift to myself (as seen in the pictures). My mom has been working hard her whole life, taking care of my brothers and I. Ladies and gentleman, she worked three jobs just to take care of baby me. If that doesn’t say hard work and dedication, than I don’t know what is. Sadly, many of us were or are still in this situation. I want to tell you that it is okay and it will continue to be okay. One day, you’ll realize that your hard work has paid off and that you’ll feel empowered to want to do more, and to give back. Use your situation as your fuel and drive towards your dreams.
Age, really, has nothing to do with anything. I have been in tough situations, was (and still am) mentored by my hardworking family, and I have been broke. You start to appreciate life a bit more with nothing to your name. My piece of advice for you is to work your
ass off, take as many attempts as you possibly can until you succeed, and use your situation to drive towards your dreams. Follow your path, and your pace.