This time last week I hosted a College and Career Fair at the school I'm a director of and with combined resources and connections, we successfully provided students with opportunities to further enhance their education and job skills.
The program I run serves at-risk youth, students from 15-22 years old who weren't functioning well in traditional school. Ever since I got this job three years ago, I have watched so many students become more confident, social, responsible, and excited for their lives. I truly look at my job as something I am meant to be doing right now.
I know we all have days and weeks where we feel disconnected from ourselves, others, our work, and the world. I know that sometimes what once felt fresh and new can become routine and boring. This is just another cycle of life, one that we will meet time and time again. I told my students to always evaluate their perspective and the lens they choose to see themselves with.
Teenagers and early twenty somethings are at such a pivotal point in their lives where they have so much opportunity and possibility ahead of them. Although a lot of the students in my program struggle with even getting to school most days, I always try to bring in speakers and events that will remind them of their worth and to never stop dreaming, regardless of what their circumstances may be.
I realized throughout the night that even at thirty, even after going to college for a specific major, working in different internships and fields, and ultimately being in a position where I can run a school, I still find myself wondering what I'm really "meant to be doing" most days. And you know, I think that's okay to still be wondering and questioning if what you are doing is what is truly meant for you.
If we never ask ourselves these questions, how will we know how happy we are or could be? Regardless if you're 15, 18, 21, 30, or 50, you always have a chance to reinvent yourself.
Dream big and big dreams will follow.