Monday, December 13, 2010

Best Advice I Didn't Take-- Part 1

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.
--Harvey MacKay

Don't live your life according to someone else's schedule.
Do you ever feel like your life is being influenced by the pressures of others? The average American follows a very specific timeline, and we are made to believe that deviating from this timeline can impact our success. It all starts when we are children. We go to primary school for 5 yrs, then middle school for 3 yrs, and finally high school for 4 yrs.

Then, once you have that short sweet taste of freedom with your diploma in your hand, it is time for the next step. College. There is pressure from all levels of society to go to college immediate after high school (or risk forfeiting your scholarships and possibly your future). Let's be honest, what 18 year old is ready to make the life altering decision of choosing a trade immediately after high school? On average, college students change their major 3 times! 80% change their major at least once. Clearly, these statistics show some reluctance.

Then after college, it isn't over! It's time to get a job. And not just any job-- one that will move you towards a "career." Any later life career changes could set you back time and income. College doesn't prepare you for a career. It prepares you for academic thinking and fills you with book learning. Most jobs are a little more hands-on. So, what will you do with that college major in English? Book publisher, librarian, teacher, business, etc. What about your degree in psychology? Are you going to continue your education and become a psychiatrist? a social worker? or will you join corporate America, working your way up the food chain? Heaven forbid you take a year off and work at a ski lodge or try your hand at numerous jobs.

Then, comes marriage between 24-30 and kids between 27-32. Not everyone is ready to get married by 30, and some people are ready to get married at 20.

The point of my rant being. Everyone must come to things in their own time. Don't let yourself feel pressure because of what other people think of you. I got married at 22, and I am happy. A few people judged me for it, but I don't care. I have a friend that graduated college and postponed several prestigious law school acceptances to work at a national park for a year. She has never been happier. So, just live your life.

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