Always a Good Time for Change

Kevin - murfreesboro, Tennessee
Entered on November 28, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: change
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Always a Good Time for Change

I believe it is always a good time for change. My whole life I have been under the impression that in life there was timeline by which we have to live by. When you finish high school you go to college; when you finish college you start your career, and when the career is over you retire and begin to do what it was that you had originally planned on doing when you were a kid; and in the haste of fulfillment we forget who we are.

I used to work with a guy who got his bachelor’s in psychology and had planned on helping troubled teens with drug problems, and then got his bachelor’s in culinary arts. He has cooked in some of the best kitchens in the world. I asked him if that he ever thought about still helping kids and he said that he thought about it every day, but at thirty-six he was too far into his career and too old to think about changing now.

The difficulty to change is different for each of us, yet we all have the ability. I am not saying stop your life now and start over at fifty but don’t accept the world you see as the only one; don’t let your mentality be created by anyone other than yourself. The reality in life is that we are never too old to change or learn. I think that we get into a comfortable routine and forget about anything outside of it. The only way to live is to constantly question our lives, thinking and actions to stay on our toes. The people that have been remembered throughout history are the people that have made us think about ourselves in such a way that we are forced to examine our lives and way of thinking.

My father once told me that it isn’t about the destination in life it is about the journey we take to get there.

The movie Into the Wild inspired countless people. It is the story of Chris McCandless fighting against his parents lives to discover his own. I feel we are captivated with it because we are reminded of the power of individuality and the excitement of self-discovery. He didn’t do what was expected of him he didn’t begin his career after college, he ventured into the world and found who he was. I have spent the past five years working in top hotels and restaurants because that is what I wanted since I was twelve. One day I took inventory of my life and my future. Now I am in college making straight A’s, working for a bachelor’s in anthropology, living at home at twenty four. Many people have their passions in life; I believe that life is a passion on its own. I believe that we all have the ability to constantly surprise ourselves.