If you ever worry that how well you do in high school will 100% determine your future just know these 3 things
1. My sister did extremely well in high school and finished top of her year.
2. My brother struggled in high school and dropped out 2 years before he was due to graduate.
3. They are both currently at university studying to be doctors.
I’m going to add to Kayla’s post, no matter how bad I feel for hijacking it because this is a ridiculously important point.
- My older brother dropped out of school at 16, took all kinds of jobs for a while, was made redundant three times before he turned 30. He’s now a lorry driver who loves his job.
- My sister dropped out of school at 16, enrolled on a college course, dropped out. Six months later she began an apprenticeship and is now managing engineer of a factory that makes communication equipment for the military.
- I stayed in school until I was 18, went to University and graduated with an Honours degree. I’m a librarian.
We all own our own homes. I earn the least.
There are a lot of routes through life - don’t make the mistake of letting other people narrow your choices by making you terrified of screwing up.
Hijacking again to add my own, because even if you “screw up” and you wake up and you’re twenty four and your life sucks, hard, even that isn’t the end of the world.
1. I graduated top honors in high school. Showed all the promise in the world. Enrolled in college, damned determined to finish and save the world, one case at a time.
2. Dropped out of college for a guy, turned out to be a terrible situation, stayed out of school, ruined my credit. I lost 3-4 solid years of my early twenties. I felt incredibly stuck and like things were never going to get better. I was terrified for my life, and when I wasn’t, I wanted to, you know, die or something because I was so miserable the rest of the time.
3. But I changed my life around. Got out of that situation. I have great family and friends, a middle income office job with regular hours that pays my bills and is helping rebuild my credit and lets me indulge in some luxuries. I have my own car, am renting a nice place. I’m in school to finish my degree, albeit in a different major than what I’d started in.
This might not have been my life plan but I have so much to be grateful for. I have a good life. I can’t go back and undo the choices I’ve made. Instead, I use that-what would be regret-and use it to propel me forward, so that in four years I won’t want to regret the choices I’m making today.
There’s very little you can’t bounce back from. I promise.
Even if your college years fail spectacularly, even if you find yourself 23-24 and stuck, remember that it’s never too late to remake your life.