After a while the topic of conversation just seemed to had changed, we had gone from talking about our childhood to discussing the future and the goals we wanted to achieve. I was particularly intrigued about her career plans and where she would ideally like to be a few years from now. There were a series of questions that were floating around in my mind, I was somewhat anxious just to ask her because I was intrigued.
So I slowly started my quest to unravel some answers to fuel my fervid mind:
"What was your passion?"
Victoria says: "My initial passion was health care, but children have always been a great focus of mine."
That was interesting, because I feel that its always a good trait to care and devote your life to looking after and education others. Strangely enough this passion of hers wasn’t something that was discovered whilst growing up (well to a small extent it was) but she came to the realization of this whilst she was at university. Victoria realized that the only way to follow her aspirations is to take a small step, in her case it was quite a big one.
As she recalled:
"I knew studying science at university wasn’t going to draw me closer to my goals … studying science wasn’t for me, very often I felt disengaged in lectures and wasn’t all there"
It was at that very moment she knew what she had to do , so she took a walk to her admissions office and informed them that she would like to be withdrawn from the university ( in other words I quit .. LOL). She even mentioned me to how the admissions officer tried to dissuade her by offering alternative courses she may want to study, but nevertheless she was steadfast in her decision.
I personally felt that such a decision was admirable, and I had nothing but the utmost respect for her. It wasn’t an easy decision and with such come the occasional doubt, but she had a plan and believed in it so fear wasn’t even in the equation. "… I have always been strong-willed and never fearful" she so calmly says to me, I guess that played an important role in making that decision and pursuing her dreams through a non-conventional route.
In that big step she had made, a smaller one towards the actual plan was necessary too. So she had started an apprenticeship that equipped her with the basics in childcare. Not so long after that had been completed she began working in a nursery. I wont outline every single step of her journey in chronological order, but I merely want to point out the moments that were most monumental. One I felt was of great importance was when she told me that she would be starting a new job soon where she become a manager at a nursery.
That’s simply fantastic because what the shows is that achieving your goals is not impossible task, and most importantly there is no set way to achieve it. What I essentially mean by that is that university isn't the only way you can pursue your aspirations. Don’t get me wrong I still feel that it’s a good avenue to take, but its not the only one. So don’t feel lost, but believe in your plan and stick by it no matter what. One of the biggest challenges we face is the voices (whether it s a parent, friend, teacher etc..) of other people telling us how they feel we should live our lives.
The time is always right to do achieve what you want to achieve, never be dishearten by the amount of times you have failed at something but focus on keeping that resilient engine running. Failure doesn’t mean you wont be successful , more times failure has to occur a few times for us as individuals to really understand the meaning of success. So remember believe in yourself and take control of your own happiness … hope you guys enjoy the rest of your week.