Don't Worry About Taking the Beaten Path
From an early age, most of us were brought up with certain ideas of how our lives should play out. We were brought up to take the normal beaten path, the path that is most walked on in life or at least in the American society's beliefs.
I can only speak for myself in saying that I was raised with the following beaten path as a formula for making it - for equating to being successful in life:
1. Go to school and get good grades.
2. Figure out what I want to be when I "grow up" at an early age.
3. Go to college and obtain a degree.
4. Land an opportunity post-graduation, and start my career.
5. Find "the one."
6. Date for at least a year.
7. Get engaged for at least a year.
8. Pay lots of money for a huge and elaborate wedding ceremony.
9. Buy a house.
10. Have children.
11. Live happily ever after.
Well, guess what?
I can honestly say that the beaten path is not the only path you can take in order to be happy and successful in your life or your career. It is absolutely okay to be unconventional, and create a new path for yourself. In my case, I did things very differently. Some might even go as far to say I did things slightly backwards.
And, guess what again?
I turned out just fine.
Here's what my off the beaten path formula to being successful in my own life, in my own regard really looks like:
1. Went to school, and got good grades.
2. I went from wanting to be a Veterinarian to a Dental Hygienist to an
Accountant to "what the heck do I want to be when I grow up?"
3. I got a scholarship to go to a local University and lost it after the first
semester. I continued to go to school after that, and eventually received
my Associate's Degree after three years of having no clue what I wanted.
4. Joined the military and worked as an Air Force Medic.
5. Met my husband and got married exactly two months after our first
date. Oh, and did I mention I was pregnant with our child at the time?
6. Paid $350 dollars to get married in Las Vegas via a drive-thru wedding.
7. Lived in an apartment for several years before buying our first house.
8. Got out of the military via honorable discharge after four years.
9. Went back to school for my Bachelor's in Human Resources Mgmt.
10. Started my career in Human Resources/Recruiting at 27 years of age.
11. Graduating with my Master's Degree in HR & Marketing next month.
Although my life has been somewhat unconventional in many ways, I have managed to become very successful at what I do, both personally and professionally speaking.
In fact, I dare to say that I have even progressed beyond some of the friends I grew up with that followed the beaten path to a "t." But, that's a subjective statement in itself as success and happiness could be different depending on the individual, of course.
So, what I am really trying to say in this post is that it is okay to not follow what society has portrayed as the typical path to a successful life in America.
It is okay to encounter road bumps along the way that end up taking you a direction you did not originally anticipate earlier in your life.
You can still be happy and successful in any path you choose to take in your own personal or professional life.
Trust me, you'll be just fine.
If you feel inclined to do so, please feel free to comment below with what your off the beaten path approach to life looks like.
Or, if you did follow the beaten path , tell me about it!
© Kristina Evans, May 19th, 2016
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