#newyear #goals #inspiration
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
The 31st of December each year always makes me feel pensive on what it is about to come in the year that is about to start. Questions such as “Am I on the right track?”, “Do I like what I am doing?” or “What can I do to achieve those goals?” certainly enter my mind. Is it too late to start to do something that we like or passionate about?
When I was 17 years old, I did not know what degree should I study but I had to make a quick decision because enrolment was about to start. I chose Psychology in the end because I have always been interested in medical science. I did enjoy my pre-med studies and it took me 4 years to complete it (I was 20 years old when I graduated). Still, I did not know what to do and apply for jobs that are not related with my qualification. I was 24 years old when I moved to New Zealand and got a job in the retail.
I remember I told a couple of friends that I would like to study communication in a New Zealand university and both replied that it was a nice idea but will take up so much of my time. I have to say that I did get discouraged and did not want to continue my plans. Fast forward to 2018, I have discovered what I would like to do and I do intend on going back to school and do it. I got sucked into the “I wish I could go back in time and made this decision” path of thinking.
Fast forward to 2018, I know what area to study and I know that this will keep me interested and be beneficial for my future. I intend to study and be certified with this profession and it is okay that it took me a while to figure out what I am passionate about.
Going back to the quote above, I would like to inspire you to not get discouraged on what you want to do and achieve even if it means going back to school to get that skill or get certified with that skill. Time will pass anyway so why not spend doing it with something that you love. Maybe you are 35 years old now and you realized that you would like to be an engineer and it may take you 5 years to get certified but having the knowledge that when you retire at around 65 years old, you would already have 25 years of industry experience. The 90 years old you won’t tell you that they wished you did not take up time to acquire that engineering certification or that you were right for playing it safe. I know that it is easier said than done because we are afraid of change I feel that and we have financial and familial obligations. When I reflect on the above I know that starting something new will make me happier and I know that I am making the right decision.
I hope that you had a good holiday and may all your dreams and goals this 2020 will come true!