What are some things you have done but previously thought you could never do?
The week three writing prompt for our 2013 Journal/Blog Challenge encourages us to look back at the triumphs and unexpected success of our life. What obstacles have you faced in life that you thought were stifling, only until you overcame them?
I have often been amused at the things I viewed as failures in my life. More times than not these moments that were failures in my eyes were not failures at all. Instead, these were moments where I simply had to do things a bit differently than everyone else in order to reach success. There are moments in all of our lives when we are beaten down. There are moments when we fail and tell ourselves that we will not succeed simply because we haven’t and others have. Then of course, there are moments when we are told that we have failed or will never succeed just because we have not succeeded yet. In these moments, it is easy to feel defeated. We all have different talents and create different plans for success. In these moments, we simply have to have the courage to step up to bat and do things ‘our way.’
I spent the majority of my life planning to go to med school. I wanted a career that I would enjoy. I wanted a career that would make me actually want to go to work every day. However, I grew up not believing such a career was possible. I went through grade school telling myself that the key to being an adult was making money. I never put thought into the fact that money does not buy happiness, or health. I entered college as a pre-med science major and spent two grueling years in organic chemistry, biochemistry and physiology classes. In each class I struggled with success. With hard work and numerous hours logged at the library, I did semi-succeed. I succeeded in terms of my student GPA but there was no way I would make it through a med school admissions process. I failed miserably in terms of my stress levels, my health and what I thought at the time were my career goals. Careers in the medical field made a lot of money and satisfied my belief of the responsibilities of an adult. However, I was not meant for the medical field.
We are all different. We are all capable of success. Like an assortment of canning jars though, we are not all meant for the same things.
After a summer of panicked meetings with my adviser (who is the most amazing mentor in the world) I finally did something I thought I could never do. I changed my major and embarked on a career path that I enjoyed. I couldn’t be more proud of myself for that. I wasted a lot of hours taking science classes that I will never need. I wasted a lot of time in the library. I wasted a lot of sanity stressing over grades and an admissions process that I would never embark on. In the end though, I achieved something I never expected. I achieved happiness. I finally did things my way, redefined my views of a successful adult and achieved a lifestyle that I never before believed was realistic.
We do not always realize what we are meant to do or where we are meant to end up in life. There are things we think or are told that we will never achieve… until we achieve them. Take Walt Disney for example. We have all heard his testimony of being fired from a newspaper early in his career for not being imaginative and having no original ideas. Walt Disney was not meant to write for a newspaper. He failed, but in turn he found success.
What are some things you have done but previously thought you could never do? Post your response on your own blog and link up below. Be sure to mention in your post that you are linking up to the 2013 FOLK Journal/Blog Challenge. For a list of future weekly writing prompts visit the 2013 FOLK Journaling Agenda.