Alex Skinner – @AlexSkinner5
When we’re young our parents and teachers feed our minds with the idea of dreaming big to become anything that we can imagine. A fireman, an astronaut, a doctor or lawyer were always the hot jobs to be. With minds so pure and free, the idea of pursuing happiness over riches was the goal influenced upon us.
But when high school rolls around and the tone starts to switch.
Finding a well paying job that’s safe and secure with many benefits is soon the main concern of our parents, teachers and councilors. The pursuit of happiness flies out the window and security barges in the front door. With all of these different college majors, careers and ideas for after high school, it is very easy to get caught up in the excitement and just do the common thing: Go to college, get a 4 year degree in a major that you wish you would’ve chosen differently, live a life of complacency and regret, retire by 66 and pay bills until you die.
For many, that is the reality. For you and me, that does not have to be the case; along with anyone else who might already be caught in the rat race. There are ways out. It just comes down to your efforts and actions you are willing to take in order to remove yourself from this vicious cycle.
Everyone in this world deserves to be happy. I believe the greatest catalyst to creating happiness in your life is passion. Whatever it is that you are passionate about, you will be aware of it. It will be on your mind daily.
This is where I feel so many people mess up. In all the emotions and distractions that come with deciding your future plans, it is easy to lose sight of what truly matters to YOU. Notice I said YOU. Not your parents. Not your friends. Not your teachers. But YOU. Don’t be influenced by those around you due to fear of being judged. And don’t get caught up chasing the money. People get lost and lose sight when they’re out chasing a dime. When you start chasing your passion and true calling, the money finds you.
Your first step towards happiness begins when you are no longer fazed by the opinion of those around you.
Now you might be asking yourself, “I don’t know what I’m passionate about.” Well, you couldn’t be in a more perfect position in your life to find out. Rather than getting a job stocking shelves at Walmart, go spend your summer interning. You can’t put a price tag on education and experience. Find different careers, businesses, people or jobs that interest you and go LEARN from different individuals. FIND mentors. MAKE connections. Be a sponge.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wait until you have a 4 year degree to figure out if something is right for you. Go experience it for yourself. No one will ever turn someone down who is simply asking to learn and help contribute. By putting yourself in different situations and experiencing new things, this might spark that passion that you had buried deep inside you all along.
You will then be able to attack that passion with full force, KNOWING that it is the path you are supposed to be on.
At the end of the day, you only have one life. Don’t waste it doing something you hate.
Live PASSIONATELY. Live HAPPY. #1Love
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