End of Act I, Scene II
Finally, round two of grueling finals, essays and standard deviation games has pass; and with the turn of the seasons, I didn’t even realize it was Springtime already!
“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to […] stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
This quote from Randy Pausch has two lessons which I wish I had learned a bit sooner. Either way, better late than never as long as you get started immediately!
1. Life won’t wait for your excuses
Retaking a majority of classes from HS, I initially thought that my first year would go to waste (curse the bureaucracy!)
Regardless, I quickly came to realize that there were MANY lessons that High School didn’t teach me: I wasn’t precise in my work, and I was nonchalant about “easy things given effort”. But that’s the thing: Life doesn’t give a flying shit.
For the first time in my academic career here at the UW, I’ve learned to seriously take responsibility for failure. In order to achieve my goals, I simply had to live with higher standards. Nobody’s perfect, but you can get close if you really sacrifice to achieve your goals.
2. Life doesn’t wait, Life doesn’t care
A harder lesson to swallow. I probably changed the most from this little red pill when I realized that life simply doesn’t care whether you’re only a puny little teenager straight out of high school.
A great piece of advice I once received was that you’re only the average of the five people closest to you.
Ultimately, your Friends, Mentors, Teachers, Classmates, Family and Pets, all have their own lives. All that matters in the end is what you do with your own.
Figure it out, and get on with it already.
It’s okay to be uncomfortable and vulnerable. Be in control of what you want to do, and you’ll achieve your goals.
Hit the gym! Start a blog! Whatever you do, do it for yourself. :)