Start from Where You Are and Believe

18 Apr

I have spent countless hours questioning my decisions that led me to this point in my life. Should I have done a different graduate program or not gone to graduate school at all? Should I have stayed in Minnesota and not moved across the country, only to come back a year later? Should I have moved to Seattle rather than coming back to Minnesota? Should I have taken a completely different direction in my career? Should I have studied computer programming or some other STEM field so that I would be heavily recruited?

These are only some of the decisions that I have questioned. There are many others, but questioning how you got here is an exercise in futility. And, there is no reason to question your decisions, because you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Think about that for a second. You are exactly where you are supposed to be.

We can’t go back and change what we have done, or didn’t do. We can’t go back and change what we studied, the jobs we took, and the career path that we followed. We can only start from where we are and believe that we still have the ability, the strength, and the vision to realize our dreams.

Regardless of how long you have been looking for a job, or how long you have been underemployed, start each day believing that you are still valuable.  Believe that you will get your dream job, even if you have to face more obstacles to get there. Believe that you can have the life that you want, and this time is really intended to help you get there. Start from where you are and believe.

Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well.”

― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

photo credit: SweetCapture via photopin cc

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3 Responses to “Start from Where You Are and Believe”

  1. Kelly April 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Yep, wherever you are, that’s where you’ll be.

  2. ricksamer66 April 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I am in the same sad boat. I went to a great college, have tons of top-notch experience, yet find myself unemployable. That’s just the ups and downs of life, in my opinion. I do sometimes forget my own outlook at times tho…: (

    http://survivingtermination.wordpress.com/

  3. Rebecca Fraser-Thill April 29, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I’m working on drafting a post about regrets and circled back here to re-read your thoughts. Thanks for the inspiration. Post coming soon!

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