What Gets Me Up in the Morning

Diana Hazel Zitting
Nov 4, 2015 · 3 min read

Growing up, my whole life was a stressful, scary game of tug-of-war. In one ear, I had society telling me to go to college if I ever wanted to be successful. In the other ear, I had my dad and stepmom telling me I could do whatever I wanted with this world. My dad’s an entrepreneur who has been both very well off, and poor. He’s not afraid of failure and I truly admire that. He and my stepmom are the reason I’m not afraid to take the path less traveled. I was raised being told the opposite of what most kids are told. I was taught that college isn’t my ticket to instant success. In high school, I received good grades and was a “promising student,” but I was wasting my time learning things that I didn’t need to know. So I took a big, scary leap and got my GED at 16. I was ready to move on to the next step.

All but a hand full of people told me I was wasting my potential and called me a dropout. In their eyes, I had flushed all of my potential for success down the toilet. And you know what? That really pissed me off! I was furious that society had brainwashed these kids since day one, teaching them that there was only one right way. They were products of a mass manufacturing company designed to take in all different kinds of people who think in different ways, have different goals, etc. and spit out obedient clones — A.K.A. the perfect employee; robots that do what they’re told until the day they finally get to retire, hair gray and eyesight poor. Any nonconformist with better ideas for attaining better education are a threat to the industry. And that is precisely why the majority of society is being brainwashed into thinking there’s only one path to success.

I’m out to flip the bird at this failing education system and help it sink faster than it already is. I come alive at the thought of a rebuilt education system; one that actually works. I dream of people taking charge of their own lives, feeling free — not trapped by this dreadful“only path to success” that I once felt trapped in. I want to be an example, part of a revolution. I want to inspire others to stop rolling over and playing dead, and to stop being so damn afraid of taking chances. I want to give others the guts to own their lives. I’m not the only one who feels this way.There’s a program called Praxis that’s made up of people who are part of this revolution as well. These people are changing the education system! Something big is happening, people.

After my stepmom passed away a little over a month ago, I realized I have to be a big girl now. I want to make her proud and show her that because of what she and my dad taught me, I can make a difference. As I spend the next year going through the Praxis program, I’ll be sharing my experiences here. For entertainment, inspiration, education and all that good stuff be sure to subscribe to my blog and be notified via email every time I make a new post.

Disclaimer: Not every public school is bad and sometimes college is the best route. Different people learn in different ways. I’m in support of many options, because there is no one right way.

Diana Hazel Zitting

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Diana, 18, is a Praxis participant. Her mission is to prove to the world that education is not one-size-fits-all & that you can be successful without college.