It’s June! Which means school is right around the corner (tomorrow to be exact). Some are actually dreading it–which I have no idea why. School is the best! Most are definitely in that “back-to-school” vibe—preparing First-Day outfits and all. When I was a kid, what thrilled me the most about it was buying new school supplies. In high school, it was knowing that I’ll be able to see my crush again. Haha! College didn’t offer me much time in the sun this year, though. Since I had summer class, break was only short. This was probably the only vacation that I didn’t get to feel sand on my toes, which is kinda sad. But I’m not complaining… because there are about 101 things I’m most looking forward to this semester.
You know how, at the start of each term, we always plan to do better and more than last (e.g. make new friends, learn a sport, join the team, ace Math, write for the school paper, etc.) but always end up with two weeks left of school, and the fact that we’ve done absolutely none of those things? C’mon, it couldn’t just be me, right? Well, I’ve finally put my foot down and decided no more dillydallying. I’m going to carry out the things I’ve only been meaning to do for the past years.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, and a realization hit me. The only reason I’ve never really accomplished anything worthwhile is because I tend to delay and procrastinate on the things I want to achieve. It has always just been my mindset that there are still so many tomorrows. Thus, unaware, my days pass by being same as the other. Days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months, and months turn to years. Always just plans, plans, and more plans. Never any actions about it.
We’re all made to believe that the only way one can pursue their passion is by having a degree, and a stable five-digit income (or effin’ rich parents!). No, it’s not. This is just a sad excuse for people who’ve wasted their years away making money to be able to enjoy it in the future. They say “Look at me! I’m 60, I travel the world, own a yacht and go home to a million-dollar mansion. All this happened because I worked my ass off in my twenties. It may have consumed my youth, but hey at least I’m rich.” Never let your work make you forget why you do the things that you do. Never build your career and make it your reason for existence, because when that’s gone… what’s left of you? Never let your dreams become second priority. Never let pile of greens stop you from experiencing the world’s joys. Never settle for satisfaction later in life. Everybody deserves to be happy, today and everyday. As they say, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” I’m not saying you should drop out of school or whatever. Education is very important!! All I’m saying is that you don’t have to wait until after college or when you’ve had a desk job to go after your dreams. Chase them today! Don’t listen to the world screaming practicality.
One of the things I’m most proud of myself doing is finally setting up my blog. A lot of people have discouraged me on this—told me I couldn’t do it, or that it’ll be just a waste of time—and even doubted that I could write something noteworthy. Writing has always been and always will be one of my passions. I’ve tried being rational, and heeded everyone’s advice. It made me unhappy, however. But I’ve put it off for far too long, and the only way to silence my heart’s screams was just to do what I really wanted, and do it for my own sake. Listening to negative people is something I no longer do. I know I’ve dived into an already crowded ocean. I may be starting small, but at least I’m starting somewhere. I may be unsure of my niche, but at least I’m looking for it. A person is either one of three things: one who makes wonders happen, one who watches wonders happen, and one who wonders what has happened. I choose to be the first, even in my own ways.
Each morning, you always have two choices: lie awake in reverie, or get up and turn dreams into reality (hey that rhymed! Haha). Most of the time, we’re troubled when things don’t go the way we want them to despite our perseverance. Some people will always be more successful than us, but we shouldn’t let that bring us down! Instead of being upset by our current states, we should inspire ourselves that with every waking moment, as we try and work harder, we are a day closer to reaching our goals.
Because a year from now, you may wish you started today.