Don’t Let Opportunities Pass You By…

Art - Los Angeles, California
Entered on April 21, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem

According to Wayne Gretzki, a famous hockey player, “You miss a hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” I believe in this because it reminds me to never give up and take the risks because there’s always a chance I can accomplish whatever that goal of mine is. On a day to day basis I try to reach my goals by not letting any opportunities pass me by. But if I don’t put the effort in at least trying to reach my goals, then for sure I will fail at it because I’m not even trying.

For example I remember one time I was at the movie theatre with some friends, and out of nowhere a really pretty girl passes by. As soon as I saw her, I wanted to go after her and introduce myself or something. But then all of a sudden all these thoughts rushed into my head. My tongue tied, standing there speechless, the girl was too pretty. I started telling myself she’s too good for me, why bother, it’s just a waste of time. So I decided not to talk to the girl after all. It turned out to be a really big mistake. On the way home I started getting mad for not trying to get at her. Who knows what could have happened? I should have at least tried.

That was just one example on how not going out for what you want can crumble down and tear you apart later on in life. Now what I really want to talk about is my main goal in life, to get through college and become a pediatrician, a children’s doctor. A lot of people have helped me out through life, so I figure this would be a way I can give back and help other people as well. And plus I’m cool with kids so working with kids won’t be a problem.

I really have to put a lot of time and effort if I want to succeed and accomplish my goal in becoming a pediatrician. There’s a lot of school involved too. I need a lot of different class requirements once I actually get into college. I also need to research information or talk to someone that knows about this because I don’t really know a lot about the classes I need to take or how I’m actually going get there. I pretty much have to stay in school for another 8-10 years. I have a lot of doubts about this. I’m scared of failing and wasting those following years of my life in doing something this challenging.

There’s a really great chance I might fail, but that doesn’t matter. I believe that if I want something I should just go for it. I wouldn’t want my opportunities to just walk away from me. For sure I wouldn’t want what happened to me and that girl happening over and over again either. So I’m going to start taking the opportunities that are given to me more seriously.