I’ll be graduating college in a few weeks. And, with that, I’ll be looking to get a good job and a nice place to live.
But, in the midst of all the excitement that lies ahead of me, I can’t help but look back on where I once was. It was just four years ago when I was preparing to graduate from basic training with the Canadian Forces. Afterwards I would deploy for the summer to complete some more training.
On paper I looked to be pretty successful. I was only 18 and was miles ahead of some of my peers from high school. But I wasn’t in the right place. The military, simply put, wasn’t for me. I knew that something needed to change.
I discharged from the military a month later and applied for journalism at Humber College. And, once I started school, my life began to take shape. I was flourishing academically and it began to show in my overall well being. And now, as I look back, I can’t help but realize that I made the right decision.
The sad thing is that many people won’t make the right decision because it’s hard. I backed out of a great career that would have sustained me well into my later years to gamble on a college education. Why would anyone take that risk? Well, because being happy is what should be the key motivation behind any decision you make in life.
Society has cooped us up and made us believe that security is what matters. And we believe that we can’t take our time to make the right decision. Instead of making logical decisions, we make decisions based on fear. The core issue is that the human mind cannot make an informed decision when it’s in a state of fear. So we make rash decisions and suffer for it because someone has made us believe that it’s the right thing to do.
The solution to this is simple: don’t believe that you have to do something because someone else expects you to. Breathe, take your time and think thoroughly about the decisions you make. They really do matter.
As I peer into what my future could be like, I’m left with the feeling that it’s all going to be okay. If I continue to follow my heart and promote what makes me happy, then there’s absolutely no room for failure. And, if you’re honest with yourself, the same rules should apply to you as well.