Previously, I made a post based on the quote “Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will, but, if you don’t image, nothing ever happens at all. Imagining isn’t perfect. . . But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in” from John Green’s book Paper Towns. Over the past couple of weeks I have been thinking about that post and what I said (yes, I’m one of those people who still thinks about things that I wrote even a year after I’ve gotten the grade back). I have a few other points to make relating to the ideas of that post.
Primarily, I want to focus on the fact that you can do anything. You may have heard this before, “the sky is the limit.” In so many ways it’s true, even if what you become was not your intent. It is possible to be a combination princess/singer/astronaut/president, the thing is, you are most likely going to be a babysitter and/or a parent when achieving these things. Think about it: you play pretend with the kids, to them, you are a princess (yes, even the guys), a singer, an astronaut, a president, and so much more.
But, sometimes, you do get what you want. Imagining isn’t perfect, but it’s a start. Create an image in your head of what you want to be, and then go for it. Do you want to be an artist? Then draw, paint, and sculpt! It doesn’t matter if you think that what you’re doing is good or not, one day it will be. Maybe you want to be a musician? There are some great bands out there that started out having no idea how to play an instrument. How about a writer? Write anything and everything. As a writer, I can assure you that when you’ve practiced you will hate most of what you write, that doesn’t mean it is bad; in fact, your Spanish instructor may ask for an autograph on a bi-lingual poem you wrote. It doesn’t take much, just a bit of time and elbow grease.
I should have made this clearer in my previous post. Just by imagining yourself somewhere does not mean that that’s where you will end up. Picturing yourself in a position is just the start. It takes work and determination to get there. Last time I asked you to imagine yourself in the situation you want to be in and to write it down (or draw it). Now, I am challenging you to take that image of yourself, and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Does your dream involve going on to a university? Start looking at schools and sending applications! Do you want to be a writer? Start writing anything you can; start a blog, write poems and short stories, or instructions on how to complete a particular task. It will likely be difficult to get where you want to be, you will face a number of struggles. There will be high and low points. Where you end up may not seem like what you wanted when you started, but it’s a place, it’s a way in.
This has been life advice from a 16-year-old.