The Path Doesn’t Matter… The Destination Does


The journey to adult hood is a long process. First, you are taught how to crawl, to walk, and to run. At this point you have no control of your life, your parents do. They feed you, support you, and take care of you. You grow older and reach the age where you start to develop speech and how to move on your own. You start to gain more control then you had a few years back.

Your parents begin to let you go slowly so you can walk by yourself. The years go on and now you are fully capable of talking, walking, running, and feeding yourself. The only thing you don’t have control of is going to school. You are required to go to school and it’s a good thing. School teaches you education which you will need later in life. You pass through the grades, make new friends, and move onto to the next level of school. Middle school, you have more control than you did before; you choose the classes by proving that you’re able to take that level of a certain class. High school. The time where you are pretty much in full control of your life. You choose your classes, you work to get good grades, and you choose the next step in your education whether it’s to go to a 4 year college, community college, or even if you’re going to be a dropout. Your parents of less control but still are able to influence you they say to you, “try hard in school, get good grades, and go to a 4 year college”. Well, my parents would say, “try hard in school, get good grades, and you have to go to a 4 year college… if not you’ll have a hard life.” So all these years, I’ve been so pressured to get into a 4-year college even though I don’t even know what I’m going to do for the next day. Every story they tell me would be about people who didn’t go to a 4 year college are suffering in life. Well — that’s totally wrong. Two of my teachers would tell us that it didn’t matter how we got there, what matter is that we’re there. Walt Disney dropped out of high school and look at the achievements that he was able to acquire. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, dropped out of high school at the age of 15. He made $500 million throughout his life time. My teacher didn’t make it into a 4 year college right away, so he took the community college route. He transferred into his dream school and graduated with a degree in chemistry.

So, even if you have a route planned out already but it doesn’t work out, don’t give up. You’ll end up somewhere but you just got to adjust and make your way through the difficulties or barriers to reach a destination you’ll be proud of.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. -Jimmy Dean


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