What Do You Need In Your Life Today?

If you truly want to live a life of greatness, then you must stop blaming your circumstances on someone else and take responsibility. You must seek to understand your life and your life will change as a result.

In the early hours of the morning, the day I graduated from high school and walked across the stage with my diploma, the rain pitter-patter of the ocean could still be heard. A small, quiet ripple, perhaps a glimmer of a dream, or perhaps its rumbling and breaking, as it comes to a conclusion. It had been so long since the time of my childhood that I could have missed its reverberating reverberation of a reality that has so profoundly shaped who and what I became into the person I am today.

The rain was not the end of the story. The rumbles were the water breaking over a new shore. It was only now that I could actually look forward to walking across the wet surface of the beach.

After the graduation I had gone to work for several years. A good job, well paid, but not what I wanted to do when I grew up. I worked in a building that housed a small grocery store, which I never wanted to lose.

What I worked at, I worked for.

I worked in a building where the rent was cheaper and with some management, the stores were better run. The stores in the building were clean, well organized, and had excellent employees.

I had no idea what was in store, let alone what it would be, until I was offered an opportunity to leave the store. I went to a new job, a position I thought that would have no impact on the employees’ situation and would allow me to travel.

It was, in my opinion, a great opportunity. I could work as long as I wanted, without worrying about the stress of the job, which would no longer impact my life.

I could travel.

When I was hired and interviewed a couple weeks before I left, I learned one thing very quickly: that I wasn’t very good at filling out a job application. My English wasn’t what it should be in my native language. I needed to write a lot, to show that I was committed. I asked the interviewer why and was told he didn’t find me strong enough. I told him I was going to be a writer, but the job was on a construction crew. He told me “It isn’t that bad. Write a couple more pages and I’ll give you another chance.”

I wrote in that job for about two days. It was in that short amount of time I was given a good chance for a permanent place. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

The job was in a building that was in serious disrepair, the workers were paid poorly, and the work wasn’t very long. The first day I saw that it was a job that would be a lot easier on my feet. It didn’t really bother me, so I was content to wait my turn and slowly take a better job, even if it was in a lesser company, that had some more pay and better working conditions.

I left the job.

My experience was nothing against that position. I was a very happy person and I never wanted to be a part of that business. My only regret is that I didn’t get the position I wanted.

In retrospect, though, I do realize why I didn’t work harder to get the position. It would have been nice to have more than a temporary position, but the job was what it was and I was content to stay on the temporary footing, trying to be careful not to let go of any of the temporary opportunities that might have been available to me.

I don’t think I had a lot of other options. The job I was offered was much too good to pass up.