Ok, So I’ve definitely had my internet status set to ‘Away’ for a while, but like slim shady… I’m baaa-aack! Unfortunately, this will be my last long post for a while but I will be posting up short poetry/videos/musings, maybe even a few guest blogs and try to make this an interactive experience for everyone. So don’t change the channel, there is so much more to come.
So I am now in my 20s, which, as a friend so ‘kindly’ pointed out, is the most transitional decade of our lives. In this decade, most people find their career, their life partner, have children and maybe even acquire their first mortgage. Super scary stuff and I’m not gonna lie, I have officially been scared shitless. I’m talking about wake-up-at-night-in-cold-sweats-worrying-if-anyone-will-ever-love/hire-me shitless. Yh, its that real.
It’s easier when you’re young isn’t it? Sitting by your bedroom window, gazing at the stars, singing ‘Que sera sera’ and imagining yourself as this hugely successful star who treads only on red carpets; lives a life of glamour and glitz; wins every award known to man and marries a handsome, wealthy entrepreneur, with abnormally white teeth. But when the time comes to start actually living out the rest of your life, you start to realise that maybe that dream isn’t as attainable as you once thought, and believe it or not, you won’t get talent-spotted at your weekend job at ASDA and be transformed into a star. You actually have to work hard to get where you wanna be. Pretty damn hard, I might add. Then life becomes all too very real.
At this point, a few people fall off the ‘dream big’ track and settle for a steady income, a decent job and the guy whose dentures may be slightly yellowing. Me? I’m a dreamer. Always have been, and I most probably always will be. But at this point in my life when I can feel my future whooshing towards me, I realise its time to start putting my plans into actions. Nothing is worse than someone who talks about their dreams/ideas/plans all day long but never does a thing about them. Life is for the living and for those who grab opportunities, seize the day and MAKE their dreams come true.
Here are five small tips for those who have a vision but no clear way of getting there. These are the rules I try to live by, so hopefully it helps you in some small way:
- Have a plan
– It all begins with the correct organisation. Don’t always assume things will just fall into place. Envision where you wanna be and make a rough outline of how you might get there
- Be aware o
f your obstacles
– Whether its race, sex, school grades, lack of experience, qualifications, whatever. There are many great people who have overcome the biggest obstacles, so its absolutely NOT impossible. But it does mean you have to be aware of them and work around them. Whatever it may be, you CAN overcome.
- Grab opportunities
– It doesn’t matter where they are or where they come from, if its somewhat relevant to where you’re going, do it! Don’t sit around your ass, complaining about employment opportunities, do an internship, volunteer, start up a small business, just don’t sit around and do nothing. Apart from the fact that employers hate gaps in your CV, every activity enriches you as a person and also makes you stand out as a potential employee.
- Get Up!
– As I said, nothing annoys me more than people who talk about their dreams and yet do nothing about it. No matter how much you plan and scheme and organise and motivate, unless you actually DO, nothing will get DONE. Trust me on this one, there is no substitution for simple ACTION.
– I put this last because you must remember this. On your way to success, there will be many pitfalls. I can almost guarantee it. Its called life. Sometimes crappy, unfair things happen, things don’t always work out as planned and it may feel like you’re taking two steps back to every one step forward. But keep going. Trust that God has got it all planned out somewhere. You’re not a rambling mess; he knows what he’s doing. So no matter how many times you fall, get back on the horse and trust that you will reach your destination.
Destiny calls people. I sincerely hope you’ll answer.