For as many years as I have been an adult, I’ve always implemented a bit of advice my father shared with me during a fishing trip.
He had asked me what my plans were for a future career. At that time, I was planning to pursue becoming a psychiatrist. After he explained to me how many additional years of schooling that would require, I decided to change courses. I sometimes wish I hadn’t but that is neither here nor there. The point is adjusting my course.
“There are several options that are available to you. College has a limit, however. Your scholarship will only cover four years, so make those four years count. Make certain that the path you choose is the one you want. You can always adjust your course but it’s more difficult. It’s always good to evaluate where you are as opposed to where you want to be. If you are on the wrong path, get back on the right one. If the path you’re on meets with a dead-end, then look around at another route or change the destination.”
Those honest words spoken in advice when I was 17 or 18 have stuck with me. I assess where I am, in comparison to where I want to be. Always adjusting my course.
When one door closes another one opens. When one path is blocked you must choose or make an alternate route.
It’s one thing to set your heading in a direction, another to check to make sure your ship is running true. Mile markers along the way let you know you’re on the right path or if you’ve gotten off track.
“Memphis? We should be seeing signs for Lexington not Memphis!”
Set your course and head to your horizon. I’m having to adjust my sails into the wind.
“The second star to the right, and straight on till morning”
– James M. Barrie
I hope you find your dreams, your Neverland where your inner child never ages. It’s where the fountain of youth really lies. Our outward bodies will waste away, but the internal spirit lives on, changed and transformed by each life lesson, our hope renewed and invigorated. Such a grand adventure in store for each of us!
Pursue your goals, chase your dreams, and never give up!
Write on my friends, write on!