“If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime.”
I have heard that saying and it never really sunk in the meaning behind it until recently. I realize that the more knowledge I have the more possibilities for achieving and attaining great things in life. I realize that if someone just tells me how to do my job (gives me a fish) they could do the same for anyone. But, if I am the one teaching others or I am the one with more knowledge, I suddenly become a person who never has to worry about being without money, food, or shelter in my life because I suddenly have valuable things to offer the world.
I am not saying that having a regular job that does not require a degree is not a good thing. It serves its purpose, but I want to go beyond living paycheck to paycheck. I want to be able to dream bigger, life my life fuller. I want to be able to put money in savings. I do not want to worry about having enough money for retirement. I want to be able to plan fun, exotic trips with my friends and family. I do not want to be restricted in life because of my income. I want to be in control of my salary and always know that there is room for advancement.
This is truly an exciting new phase in my life. I will be going back to school, studying again, and meeting new people who could potentially become lifelong friends. I will still be working so it will take a great deal of dedication and focus on my part, but this is a good thing. I am up for the challenge. Challenges make me feel more alive and make me feel even more proud at the of the finish line. Just thinking about my degree in a framed picture hanging on my future office makes me want to study as hard as possible.
I am starting to realize that I really am in control of my future and my happiness. If I am not satisfied with any part of my life, there are things I can do to improve those areas. I will no longer just sit back and complain and feel sorry for myself.