What did you want to do with your life as you grew up? Are you doing it? Did that change? Are you stuck in a place you hate? Where do you want to be in five years? Ten?
When I was a kid I loved Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books. The ability to create my own story excited me. Isn’t that life? Don’t we all have the ability to create our own stories–to choose our own adventures?
So maybe like me, you’re overweight. So get to work and lose it if you really want to. Will it be hard? Absolutely.
Hate your job? Look for something better? Not qualified for something better, than look at school, or apprenticeships.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized our generation was sort of lied to. We were told we could do anything if we worked hard and went to college. Well sadly, that isn’t true. A college degree does not guarantee you a job in the field of your choice. Even hard work and determination might not be enough.
Like those books of my youth, sometimes there are only so many doors we can go through. What makes a great story is making the best out of the options we have. We can’t choose our parents, or how and where we come into this world. And where we come into this world can limit what we can do.
But great stories don’t just happen. We have to be proactive. And I truly believe in potential for escaping our circumstances to something better. Does that mean everyone can be president or a billionaire? No. And who would want either of those things?
We can embrace the challenges life gives us and rise above. We can connect with the people around us and love deeply. We can lay down our own desires to help others achieve theirs. That is where great stories come from.