If you know anything, even remotely, anything about me, you will know one thing above all others; I am dedicated. Translation, I am extremely stubborn. Once I am committed to something, I am in and you can bet everything you have, I will certainly not be backing down anytime soon. From the time I was merely a small child I had perfected this estranged art and put it straight to use, believe you me. Now, don’t think I’m going to continue on about the straight-up sassiness that my childhood certainly entailed because I do not believe I wish to throw myself under the bus that hastily in my nonexistent career. I do, however, have a story that demands to be shared.
You could say, educationally, I have always opted for the “path less taken”. I have never been content in the same narrow track that is, so often, plastered before you in public school. I have absolutely no opposition in the necessity of such schooling, but when it comes to me, I have always been quite unsatisfied. Three years of my life were spent in four walled classrooms, in a building that I held no attachment to, before I finally realized where I was meant to be and what direction to head in. Freshman year was the final push for me to stop settling and begin to construct my own road. To decide for myself where the limits of what I could accomplish began and ended. For me, personally, that just so happened to be a predominantly independent structured plan of a combination of my Sophomore and Junior year through homeschooling. This allowed me the freedom I, so very much, desired regarding the choices in how I was educated and satisfied that overachieving hunger within me.
Let me tell you, this proposal was NOT an easy feat. to accomplish. I began this journey, not only, full force, but several weeks earlier than what was originally planned. I kid you not, when I say I poured my blood, sweat, and tears, into my work. Hours of intensive labor, forcing myself to stay focused- stay thorough- went into finishing that year successfully. Being the love-child of stress and intensity, I am, not a day went by I did not work ahead or recalculate the schedule until I was well ahead of the game and secured in the idea that the goal was definitely going to be completed. Of course, a majority of my classes being AP, it did not help, in the least, with time consumption. Regardless of the difficulties, I still pushed myself beyond what I believed was possible. The level of fret and lack of time that was playing, relentlessly, within me turned my weekdays of schooling to include weekends and sooner or, more appropriately, later.. I was well within view of the finish line. I was finally able to receive some form of ease, being so close to the end. Being so close to receiving my, well earned, fruits.
All that was accomplished was a direct result of the toil I undertook. I am not going to lie to you, there were many a days I did not want to exert any form of effort, I was so burned out. There were days I would just break down crying because what I was taking on seemed so massive compared to anything else I had done, at that point. What kept me going, though, was, really, the promise of attainment. I reminded myself of all I had overcome before then, the magnitude of endeavor to which I had gone through, and of the sheer fact that I would be aiding my future tremendously, to the point that was all I could see- the end. The only thing in sight of my vision was the finalization of my Sophomore and Junior year. I was going to finish and under no circumstances was anyone going to prevent me from doing just that.
“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”
— Vince Lombardi
See, the capabilities that humans possess are limitless. We have so much potential. We hold within our grasp virtually anything we could desire to achieve. It all relies on if we are willing to drive ourselves through the discomfort to get to the intent of our ambition. We can get to a closing. We can reach that final destination- our drudgery’s end. It will be far sweeter when you arrive, likewise, for your trial will have remarkably payed off.
What is the hardest thing you have been tasked with completing? Do you struggle with remaining focused during the grind? How do you feel about the journey I have trekked this past school year? I would love to hear any feedback you have! Also, if you have any article suggestions, feel free to challenge me. (:
For those of you who may be interested, here are a couple more quotes on the matter that I enjoyed. :
“Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible.”
“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”