I am going to show my true colors today by starting out with an analogy from one of my favorite video game series. I don’t know how many of you know the Assassin’s Creed video game series, but your main character can do what is called a “leap of faith.” This leap consists of your character jumping from ridiculous heights into piles of hay or any kind of pile of leaf matter. Scientifically, as far as I know, this isn’t possible without breaking a few bones. However, I am not going to get into all the details of it. What I want to talk about is the act of taking a leap of faith. This character fearlessly leaps from a building into the unknown. How many of us would try to do that? Let me tell you that you do it every day, it is just not as cool and a video game character.
Every day we make the decision to take a leap, never knowing what is going to happen that day. We can get a pretty good idea based off of the things that we try to schedule, but overall we have no idea. It’s scary, and sometimes it doesn’t always work out as planned.
How many of you feel like you aren’t moving forward in your life? Maybe, you feel like you are going backward? Okay sometimes you may go backward, but overall you are moving forward in life. It may not always be at the pace that you want but you are still moving forward, and sometimes the direction you thought you were going isn’t the one you are supposed to be going to you change directions.
I believe that once we start high school or even middle school that we are taught that we need to start working towards something for our future selves. We need to start thinking about our college careers and what we want to go into. We need to start saving up money to live on our own. The list goes on and on. You graduate high school thinking you know everything and that you can’t mess up now as you start your adult life. Wrong.
I started my college career ready to be away from home and prepared to start a new adventure. I struggled hard and pretty much ruined my college transcript my freshmen year of college. I didn’t get along with my roommates, and I had a hard time trying to make new friends. Overall, my first year of college was a disaster. I came home from my first year of college disappointed and frustrated with myself. Things didn’t get much better after that in regards to college. I have been off and on attending the university close to me, but I don’t have the same vigor and drive I did in high school for academics. Not to say I don’t enjoy learning, but the university style just wasn’t clicking with me anymore.
Here I am now, five years after graduating high school, with still no college diploma, and what to show for myself? Many people will say nothing, that I am going to be working as a waitress for the rest of my life. I was disappointed in myself for a long time and felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything worthwhile. I have changed my outlook though. I have learned that there are so many more avenues to life then going to college and getting a degree. Every job you take or want to do doesn’t require you to take years of school. Okay, some professions do, but if those aren’t the fields you want to go into, then you don’t have to.
In a world with so many advances in technology and so many professions, you can be whatever you want to be. You just have to put your mind to it! You have to take that leap! Yes, you will have setbacks, that is a part of the learning curve of life. We will not learn to be better if we do not make mistakes or have setbacks. It is what makes us better!
So, instead of being too scared to take that leap off the edge, take a chance. You never know what you will find at the bottom.