Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen
When you are young, all you do is dream. Dream. Play. Enjoy. And when you become an adult, you are expected to be successful. How do you measure success anyway? For most, they can say you are successful when you already have your own house and car. When you already have a high position in a company or a stable job earning more than the basic wage. When you become popular because of your achievements. When you are able to travel the world or travel overseas.
When I was sweet sixteen, I dreamt that in 10 years time I would have my own family with kids. I was thinking by that time I would already be working in a hospital as a nurse or a doctor. I didn’t know yet what course I would take then but it should definitely be on the medical field. I would excel in my line of profession because I know I am smart and I am a hard worker.
However, things didn’t turn out to be as planned, as usual. I asked God for apples and He sent lemons so I had to make some lemonade instead of apple pie. It may not have satisfied my hunger but it has quenched my thirst. I mean that’s just the way it is right? Just go with life’s flow. I have to adapt to what is going on right in front of me. I cannot change things for my benefit. I need to accept that things aren’t just the way they should. I wanted to take up Accountancy or Hotel and Restaurant Management because I think I would have a good opportunity with jobs after I graduate. I was just being practical then. But my Dad asked me to take up Physical Therapy. He said it will be easier for me to work abroad if I took medical course. After I graduated, I wanted to pursue Medicine or to apply work in the US. But I needed to help my parents with finances so I ended up working in a call center for 4 years.
After 2 years, I was able to work abroad inclined to my profession. And I liked it there. I have come to love my job and the place. But things didn’t work out again as I was hoping. I had to go home because the employer did not renew the contract.
Well, I still don’t have a family. I am still not ready for it. There are still a lot of things that I want to do before I settle down. Another thing is that, I haven’t me the one whom I can’t live without. He’s just out there I bet taking his time strolling to find me.
I am happy with what I am and what I have today. I am far more blessed compared to a lot of people so I am not complaining. But it does not end here. I am not satisfied with it. I want more than this. I deserve more than this. I will not stop until I get what I am worthy of. I am smart. It’s just that opportunities haven’t come my way yet. It’s not the end of the world and I am still young. I just need to start over. I hope in a few years, I would get back to this post and continue the story from here…
Jepiner, I think your situation is not unique. In fact, this is more the norm, rather than the exception. Young people plod along, and wait where it will take them. And then cross their fingers that everything will be fine. I feel we should have modest expectations so we don’t get disappointed when we don’t get what we want. Of course , it’s better to have goals and ambitions, but we should ready ourselves if we are not able to reach our goals. Just do our best.
Hi Ren! I know what you mean. When I was younger I thought of not expecting so much so I won’t be disappointed that much as well. But then, I realized, there is no drive. So I thought maybe I should dream something bigger and be satisfied with what I can only accomplish. At least, the objective is higher which pushes me to work harder. And you are right! Just do the best we can! 🙂
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No need to rush 🙂 You definitely don’t want to settle for less than you deserve. The right man will come along and it’ll all be worth the wait.
Yes, that is definitely what I am hoping for. Thanks for the encouragement Cafe! 🙂