Stop competing: everyone has their own timeline


Amelia Burton

It’s easy to compare yourself to everyone else, but everyone will reach the finish line that’s right for them when they’re ready.

Amelia Burton , Features Managing Editor

The school year is coming to an end, seniors are graduating, juniors will soon become the new leaders of the school and we’re all getting a little closer to becoming adults.

Whether you’re a senior attending a four-year university or a community college, greatness awaits all seniors through these doors. It may seem intimidating knowing your four years in high school are coming to an end, but there’s no need to fright, we are Wolverines and we can do whatever we put our minds to.

Now, my fellow juniors, our time will soon come as well and we will join the seniors in whichever college we choose to attend. Our high school career is flying by and it may seem as if we’re running out of time, but we’re not.

That being said, that doesn’t mean you can procrastinate as much as you want, it just means that you have time to figure out what you want to do with your life.

Everyone makes it seem as if we’re supposed to graduate, go to college, graduate a second time, find a job immediately, buy a house, start a family, and work your entire life paying off your student loans. But that’s not the case.

Everyone has their own timeline and you might feel as if you’re a little behind your peers, but that doesn’t mean you should beat yourself up about it. Your time will come when it’s meant for you.

There’s no need to go down the same cycle that generations before us have. No matter what career path you decide to go down, you must be confident in it. Your biggest motivator has to be yourself, especially when no one else is supporting you.

There are many amazing and successful people in this world, and many of them didn’t get there right after college. You must have a plan. If you have a dream and are determined to achieve it, that’s your plan A.

You may have to switch around your execution for plan A, but that’s what learning is all about. Life is going to be filled with curve balls and the way you handle them plays a big part in your results.

Your plan B should not HAVE to be a completely different career path. Your plan B should be a new route in support of plan A.

Albert Einstein didn’t fail a couple of times and then give up and decide to work on something else, he took each of those failures and learned from it until he got the results he wanted.

The reason so many people never achieve their goal is not that they didn’t have the skill or talent, it’s because at some point they started to give up and doubt themselves.

There’s going to be so many people doubting you in this life, so why must we doubt ourselves on top of that? Remain strong in what you want, in yourself, what you know, and believe that you can achieve.

When you know your worth and demand nothing less than what you deserve, there’s nothing but success heading your way.

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