As the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow once said “ The sea may be rough, but I am the Captain! No matter how difficult, I will always prevail.”
Looking forward to the weekend is something I have always done. Why? I’m not quite sure since I always work over the weekends. Last weekend was a bit different though, last weekend I finally made my 2018 vision board. I had been putting it off for so long but luckily my close friend was hosting a vision board class and I jumped on the opportunity. I already made my goals for the year however, what better way to follow through on the goals than making a vision board.
When doing something that can at times bring up emotional thoughts or even happy thought, there is always a reason to have a why. What is your why? What are you willing to do to learn more about yourself and create that strong foundation for your why?
It took me quite some time to determine my why, mainly because I had my life planned out from the beginning. My plan was to go to college, get my degree, commission in the military, serve my twenty years and retire peacefully. However, life had different plans for me. Somewhere along the line of me deciding to commission in the military, my subconscious decided that joining the military wasn’t the right thing for me but in order to stop me, it decided to throw a curve ball at me.
After four long months of chemo, I had plenty of time to come up with a why that better suites me. I struggled a but, especially since half the time I couldn’t stay on one topic without forgetting what I was talking about, even now I am still struggling with that. But one day, as I was sitting at home, debating on what I was going to eat for lunch that day, it hit me. I finally knew what my why was, my why was simple, be the help to others that need some inspiration or just need a friend.
I don’t see myself as an inspiration, I didn’t even know how to inspire others. the people that inspire me all had one thing in common, they all believe in me. So as i sat thre coming up with ideas on how to inspire people, I contemplated changing my degree, dropping out of college completely, and even going out into the community to share with others my story.
As I sat there coming up with ideas, I realized that I was overthinking it. What kind of inspiration would I be telling others that dropping out of college was okay? Or even changing my degree to something much simpler when I was so passionate about becoming a mechanical enigneer. I don’t have to be inspirational to inspire others. I can go about my everyday routine and sharing with others the importance of an education or the importance of following through on something I’ve started. My why is simple, just be me.
This vision board class taught me that being me is enough. The goals I set for myself, the visions I have for my life, the past I overcame all define who I am and explain My why and what i plan to accomplish with my why. I have been so thankful for the opportunities I have had in my life and the obstacles I have overcame to be where I am today.