The Beauty of Finding Your Path Is Endless

The Beauty of Finding Your Path Is Endless

Being happy with yourself and your accomplishments, that’s true success.
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Growing up, my future was always changing. I was never one of those kids who knew from an early age their life path, that they wanted to be a doctor and followed through with that through college. No, I was the kid who constantly dabbled with different ideas of careers. First it was a ballerina as a lot of five year olds in dance class do. Then it was a fashion designer with my little patterns and sketch books. Then a lawyer, teacher, something with film. When I got to high school I realized that I really didn’t know what I really wanted. I liked so many different things, yet hated doing the same thing day in day out. I was struggling a bit with what path I actually was going to follow.

My sophomore year of high school I began researching different career choices. I always loved Disney, what about designing rides? Well, that’s engineering and I don’t like math that much. Architecture? Nope, still too much math. Then after doing a career quiz online I came across advertising and public relations. I had never put any thought into communications, but it actually seemed fascinating to me. It seemed fun, exciting, invigorating. I knew this was my path.

Now as a junior in college I realize how perfect this path actually is for me. I’m finishing up my first internship and about to start my second. I wake up every day I have to work and am ecstatic for what the day will hold. That is the beauty of following you passion.

The sad thing in today’s society is that we put far too much of an emphasis on money equating success. And sure if you make a lot of money you probably are pretty successful in whatever field you’re in, at least financially. But then what is success?

Success is not just about money, it’s about happiness.

It’s not easy to figure out what you want to do with your life. It’s not meant to be. It’s supposed to be hard, that’s life. But in trying to find what’s next for you, you learn a lot about yourself. You uncover what your strengths are, what ignites a fire within you, what makes you want to wake up in the morning. Even more importantly it helps you find your weaknesses.

It’s your weaknesses that help your grow. If you know what you struggle with you can know what things you can work on. And I don’t mean weaknesses like math or science skills. I mean your personal attributes. Like organization, people skills, time management, the things that you actually need in day-to-day life.

A huge part of feeling confident in your future is feeling confident with yourself. And you can’t do that if you aren’t ok. Something that I’ve really found is the times when I don’t take care of myself and put my wellbeing first are the times when I’m not successful, when I struggle with my relationships and my work. We need to focus on our mental health and our well-beings, or else you won’t have an effective mindset to stay on track and motivated.

I know that by waking up every day being excited to go to work I am doing to the right path. Now there definitely have been days when I questioned this path, questioned my major and future job choice. But then I take a step back, and think about what I love to do. And I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

There’s something truly special when you feel happy with where you are in life. In my twenty short years, I’ve had many ups and downs, each of them shaping me and guiding my along. I wouldn’t be where I am without them, they are a part of me, a part of the person who I’ve become. I can honestly say that I’m so incredibly happy with the path that I’m on and the person I am becoming. With less than two years until graduation I am so excited for what is in store for me, on top of the obvious nerves of course!

Being happy with yourself and your accomplishments, being hopeful and giddy for the future; it’s the best thing ever. It is true success.

Cover Image Credit: Alex Vans-Colina

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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