As I went from high school to college, my parent’s encouragement could be summarized as follows..
“You can be anything you want Kara. You can do anything you set your mind to.”
These words stuck. And they still do.
I can do anything I set my mind to, and be anyone I choose to be.
When I got back from Chile, and moved to Colorado I felt random and disconnected, my greater purpose was not obvious and I felt as if I was losing my fire. I knew I needed to make some changes. I told myself to sit down and do the work. Around this time I wrote this blog 2016 dedicating a year to happiness
I knew I needed to connect the dots once again. Below is a photo from my last run around UCF (as a resident of Orlando, FL) in July 2014 at the Reflection Pond.
You may be familiar with Steve Jobs commencement speech about connecting his dots and how his led him to where he was on the morning of June 12, 2005.
His message was short but powerful, if you havent had a chance to watch this speech please click here
I wanted to share my dots and how I got to where I am today..
Had I not grown up in a small, secluded and safe community, I would have never fully grasped the meaning of community and what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself, a tight knit family that provides support and continuous encouragement.
Had I not been hard of hearing and gone through experiences that made me stand up for myself, I would not be the wholehearted and caring person I am today.
Had I not been immersed into sports, I would have never gained the confidence I have today. Confidence in being myself, confidence in talking to anyone and everyone in a crowded room, confidence in being a firm believer you can actually be anyone you want to be (But you gotta do the WORK)!!
Had I not worked as my parents little helper, suffering over dirty dishes, raking and cleaning my room… what seems like overly strenuous child labor (obvi), I would not understand what hard work is.
Had I not gone through all these experiences, I would not be where I am today.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs
I like to imagine my dots forming in the night sky, each one as bright as the last, each containing a magical story within itself. As I imagine my life, I imagine it in the stars because I see no boundaries in my way, just open sky and a world of opportunity at my fingertips.
So what are your dots?
What lessons have you learned from your past?
And how have you grown from your previous dots?
Till next time! “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”