Post by Columbae Marie
There is a cliche saying that goes, “In this world there are dreamers and there are doers,” and as silly as it sounds, it’s true. In life, most of us go through our basic schooling, and at the end of the 12 or 13 required years, we are given the freedom to choose what our future holds. The end of the road slowly approaches, and most find themselves stuck in the same place that they started, often, because they are simply afraid to be uncomfortable, and, even though they find themselves waking up everyday unhappy, it just isn’t enough of a push for them to go against the tide.
Everyday starts to feel the same, especially when you get comfortable, but being comfortable doesn’t mean being successful, and in life I strive for success not comfort. The people who make waves in the world crash against the raging forces until they break through. When I imagine my future I don’t look at it as if I am dreaming, I take it as I am goal setting. You believe what you tell yourself and allow yourself to think. If you tell yourself you are dreaming, then congratulations, your dreams will stay dreams and unfortunately for you, they will never become a reality. Success is a mindset and that is what is so hard for people to understand. Daring to be different and speaking your goals into existence allows you to see them as achievable. When I speak I say how my future is going to be not how I want it to be. More times than not this is the mistake people make. They make this mistake because they are afraid to make waves and seem different but in order to be successful you must be different. My favorite quote is: “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise something great will come of it,” from We Bought a Zoo. This quote became my favorite because when you apply the message of the quote to life it’s nothing but true. Metaphorically speaking I used my “20 seconds of insane courage” in making the decision to graduate from high school a year early. Making the decision to place myself with a group of kids I don’t know was discomforting and by the feels of it they weren’t too fond of me joining their class. In the beginning I was so out of my element, constantly doubting the decision I made because of what following through with that decision meant. It meant potentially being alone. The greatest fear of all. Truthfully it took me 2-3 months to become happy with the decision I made and eventually I allowed myself to embrace why I had made the decision. Deciding to graduate early meant that I was allowing myself to work towards my goal sooner and essentially reach total happiness, something I had struggled with for many years. Eventually time passed and after dealing with the ups & downs of my “senior year” it was over. Everything was over in the blink of an eye and I know people say it all goes fast but you really don’t realize it until it happens to you and it’s your turn to grow up. Thankfully by taking that leap in life that I did I sit here today more than happy and closer to my goals than I ever have been. After having just turned 17 I’m done with highschool and headed off to Los Angeles to start the next chapter of my life and if I wouldn’t have made the waves in my life that I did, I would be sitting here wondering, what if? Take a chance, see the change, make waves.