There are 3 things at the age of 18 that need to be known. What is my next step? Do I study or work? What is my future? At the moment I’m just STUCK, I have no idea what I should pursue and no idea what my place is in the world.
For the past 18 years I have grown up thinking that my pathway to success was school, university and finding a job in a field I loved. Very recently I have found myself in a position thinking is this process a lie? But I look at the students and middle aged people I surround myself with and I look at their lives and I think maybe this process isn’t a complete lie. But I’m struggling to figure out how to morph the ‘pathway’ to fit my needs.
At the end of the day, I don’t want to work in a call center, a supermarket or a warehouse. I want to be in a comfortable position to where I can shape my life, be successful and most importantly be happy. But what is the ‘pathway’ that leads me there.
I wish getting to a successful place in society was as easy as Jordan Belfort, The film, The wolf of Wall Street, illustrates beautifully how empowering his life was, and yes he was successful, but maybe in the wrong way,
“Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time.” — The Wolf Of Wall Street
I want to live a life where I am rich, where life is easy, but not in the way Jordan Belfort gained it, I want to work hard and have money to spend. But Belfort was rich in a dollar aspect, I want to be rich in friendship, family and happiness. Now this may seem a little cliche, but its what I want out of life.. all I gotta do is figure out how to get there.
But the thing is there is no direct route to this ‘destination’. Yes in calculus, you calculate and use algebraic reasoning to get an answer that is either right or wrong, however in society this just doesn’t happen, it is more of a game of luck. You could work seriously hard and still not get anywhere, however if you are presented with opportunity’s and chances, then wouldn’t it make sense to fulfill them.
I’ve lived a sheltered life, to many around the world I may seem to live a spoiled life, and to be honest I can see why, I appreciate what I have, but I do wish that my parents made me work a bit more for things. I’m lucky that I have had an a well traveled and educated childhood, and I am lucky that University is an option for me, but this word luck has me in hysterics. I want to get lucky and all of a sudden have these enriching opportunities in front of me, however I don’t want to gamble my way through life.. we all know what happens there.
… Instead I still look at these 3 questions; What is my next step? Do I study or work? What is my future? I wish I had a clear and indefinite answer to these. But for now, I guess I just have to follow the stepping stones, and slowly work it out myself, I do have to take full advantage of any opportunities that are presented to me, and maybe with a bit of luck, I might get some where, and surround my self with the riches I want to have.