Hellooooooo fellow readers !
I believe It’s been a year, and I sure missed blogging. My soul has been hankering to speak up, about several issues, but there was always something else on the way that kept me from transcribing its words. I actually took a break from academic work to write this short piece, and I have to admit that I was inspired by the encouraging comment of a new subscriber 🙂
A lot has happened from my last post : I went Home for an internship in a field that I love (food security), started my last semester in graduate school, met wonderful people, and followed my own advice from my last post. Can you guess what it is ? yes ! I gave love another chance ! But that’s a story for another day 😉
As I mentioned above, I am completing my last semester of grad school, and you can understand that this is my toughest and busiest semester. So closed to the finish line, yet so little motivation left to cross it. The last few steps are always the hardest, right?Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, completely submerged by the load of work awaiting me. Adding my daily dose of procrastination, the thought of giving up has crossed my mind a lot lately, more than it should have. Then, my soul comes to the rescue with a bunch of questions :
« how will you confront your mother ? You know she’ll be disappointed, right ? Is that what you want ? Are you seriously considering letting the money she’s worked so hard for to grant you the education you WANTED, go to waste ? Have you thought of this other student, who perhaps deserved it more than you do, whom you’ve taken the spot in this academic program ? … »
Continuing my education, in this particular program, in this particular country, in this particular university, is what I desired and prayed for, two years ago. However, it’s always so appealing to opt for the easiest and shortest road I call “Quitters’ Boulevard”.This path is a pitfall and leads nowhere concrete. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to change the course of the destination along the way, as long as the goal is reached in the end. The following story helped me refocus and hopefully will help you as well, if you’re dealing with this issue.
The other day, someone shared one of his biggest regrets with me, which was, not completing his Information Technology degree. He had already acquired a degree in management, but was so passionate about IT that he enrolled in the program. He had only about a year of courses left when he was offered a full-time then dream job, so he accepted it, hoping to get back to that IT degree in the future. Years passed, and the responsibilities and commitments multiplied, restraining him from switching his hope to reality. Today, he still didn’t obtain this degree and he feels limited in the job market with the opportunities he could aim for, had he completed the program. Until now, remorse haunts him down religiously.
His story fueled me with courage and determination to keep going and get that Master’s degree. Who wants to be a prisoner of regrets all his/her life ? Surely not me, and nor should it be you! As the academic year is coming to an end, you may have or may know someone who is struggling with these insane thoughts. If you are in the same situation as the man in the story, it’s not too late to make a U-turn. Even in your personal and professional life, obstacles will come, disguised under different forms; don’t ever settle for what appears to be the easiest road. Breakdown? Use other means to continue the road. Get lost a few times, recalculate your route, but never lose sight of your goals ! It may take you longer than expected, but it’s okay. Stay focused and arm yourself with strength to reach your destination, your dreams.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light”. Aristotle Onassis
Keep me in your prayers and until next time ! ❤
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Victor Hugo