Being self aware is a big undertaking. It’s hard to know what you want and how you want it, but once you get it, you really get it.
When we are self aware and know what we want, it’s easy for us to jump ahead of the curve and move through life a little quicker than the rest, and that’s okay! There is nothing wrong with it and we should actually be encouraging this more!
When we do things at our own pace and follow what’s most important to us, we know we are doing what’s best for us and our futures. No one gets it and understands it more than we do, so it can be a bit harder to explain, but just bite the bullet and go with it because there will always be those people watching from the sidelines encouraging you to slow down and just take your time, but how?! How can we just take our time and let it be when we already know what we want in life?! So I say don’t, don’t take your time (unless you want to, than do!). Run, walk or skip through life at the pace you want, not how someone tells you to!
There is no right or wrong way to go trough life, so following it like a benchmark is so unauthentic. I mean how boring is it to have the same story as everyone else: School to college, college to “real world”, then marriage, then family, and finally, retirement. I mean we would all have our own experiences through life making it a bit different, but, if we all have the same benchmarks, than it’s just like we are all living the same life. So, If you want to do something out of the norm, before it is the “norm”, just do it and do it with confidence.
Set goals for yourself and reach them! Reach them at any age or stage in your life you want to, and don’t let anyone tell you differently! Use their doubt as motivation and inspiration to keep pushing and going through what it is you want!
For example, if you are just starting out and want to invest your money before putting it towards other things, go for it! If you want to write a book and you’re only 21, go for it! If you want to start your own business and you’re only 19, go for it! Do whatever sets your soul on fire and makes YOU happy! There is no timeline that tells us when we can or can’t do things! Stand up for yourself, break society norms, and jump ahead of the curve!
But on the flip side, if you want to take a break and work before starting college, go for it! If you want to take a few extra years to get a degree and work while you are doing it, go for it! If you want to travel the world before starting out in the “real-world”(what ever that means anyways ;)), go for it! What’s so cool is we all have our own lives and we can live them any way we want to!
This life is meant for you and only you! Be selfish and do what makes you happy!
Yes, you will of doubters, un supporters and discouragers, BUT you will also have believers, supporters, and encouragers. Chose to focus on the latter, but use the first to motivate you to push through. There will be hard times, as there always are in life, were you will start to give up, but don’t! Just remind yourself why you started and what your end goal is. Never let lack of motivation get the best of you. Just shake it off and clear your head, it will all come back to you, and you will see why you began in the first place. Your interest and excitement will start up again, but sometimes a quick break can be good for the soul.
So follow your own rules, do things when you want to and make your own timeline.
Do you find yourself jumping ahead of the curve? What’s your biggest thing that you did as a “jump”? How did it make you feel?
Have a great day!