Walking the Line of Purpose

Alfred Johnson | Staff Writer

As I wake up and make my way to the mirror every morning, I always find myself asking two questions: What does the day have in store for me? Whatever it may be, am I ready for it?

The older we get, the more serious questions like this can get.

Most of us are either taking our first real steps into life or are well enough into it. College is arguably the best place to learn about what you want to do, but more importantly, it’s one of the best places to learn about yourself and what you want in life.

As young adults in college, we usually use school as the go-to for motivation, but there’s more to life than school. Many people like talking about staying on the grind and having no days off, but what’s the goal at the end of the day?

Is this constant grind going to lead to a fulfilling life or just satisfy temporary desires?

At this period in our lives, we should be focusing on what path we want to walk down. Most people get lost in the wind, trying to hold on to something, but if you’re not sure about something, your grip will loosen further.

My mind goes in a lot of different directions, so I understand uncertainty. Even on the worst of days, I try to remember what I want in life and why.

Things can get rough, hectic and even confusing enough for you to be frustrated and lost. The question isn’t if you want to keep you going or not. It’s if you want the result of your legacy to be worth as much effort as you’re putting in.

There’s nothing wrong with getting extra credit on assignments and working extra shifts at your job. The issue is when you overexert yourself for something you didn’t need to do.

You’ll hear phrases a lot in life such as, “Work smarter, not harder,” and “If you want it done right, do it right the first time.” Too many people fall into trust traps and end up in bad situations. If you care enough about how you want your future to look, know what you’re putting yourself through, and learn how to say “no.”

It’s OK to want more from life. Plenty of people are still doing what they can to get higher on the ladder to success. That determination is what brings you where you need to be.

It’s OK to take your time and be strategic. Things happen all the time in life, and we get thrown off track. Being organized and planning for the expected and a bit for the unexpected shows how careful you are.

Even being undecided is OK as long as you’re safe about whatever it is you want to do.

Things may look hazy at the moment, but you aren’t counted out. There are a lot of things that can help you find your way. If you give life enough time and patience, whatever you need will be ready for you when you need it most.  

Many young adults are doing their best to move through life, navigating through work and assignments, not knowing much about what’s going on. It may seem that, at times, we are flailing through life with no sense of concrete direction. We need that pressure to motivate ourselves to be better, but at the same time, we can’t let that pressure cause us to collapse before we get a chance to see our potential.

The key is to do what feels right at this moment and learn from when things go wrong. Our potential as well-adjusted individuals grows as we gain more life experiences and learn from them. The potential is spotted when the care is presented, and time is too short not to take your first steps.


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