“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-George Bernard Shaw
For a long time I thought there was supposed to be some epiphanous moment where one day I would wake up and I would have life figured out, and things would all fall into my favor. Sadly, I was mistaken. I was thrown for a loop, and realized that I could not sit back and wait for something great to happen. If I wanted to be great I would have to do great things; go against the odds and make something of the life I was given. So many people are just existing, and I was one of those people. I no longer want to just exist. I want to live.
Life already had the odds stacked against me. I come from a neighborhood where the farthest you go is high school, and you are lucky if you make it out if there alive. College is not even an option where I come from, but I decided to choose the road less traveled. I wanted to make a name for myself. To create myself.
Death claimed the lives of my mother and father, and for a while I lost sight of what the goal was, but life quickly reminded me of that goal. I realized that my parents would not want me to quit, and would be disappointed if I did.
I have been receiving an abundance of blessings lately, and because of that the Devil has tried numerous times to rain on my parade. However, I have not let that get in my way. Now I just carry a umbrella for unexpected showers. I bask in the ambiance of God’s glory and thank him for all he has done. I was accepted to Cal State San Marcos this fall, and I am excited yet apprehensive because of the finances. I am able to pay for some of the fees and tuition with grants, but not all of it, and as of now I am not stressing over it; it is all in God’s hands now.
I’m majoring in Anthropology and minoring in sociology. I want to study people and different cultures. My dream is to travel to other countries and lend a helping hand. I want to team up with organizations and get the word out about human trafficking and world hunger. I am trying to create myself, and make my family proud. One day I know this dream will come true I just have to work hard and have the courage to stick my head out into the unknown.
Wish me luck!