Romans 8, 28 “We know that all things work for good for those who love God,* who are called according to his purpose.”
Five years ago, as I was graduating High School, I seriously was very saddened as I was hitting my reality at that time. I had no idea what I was going to do, what was going to happen to my dreams, or if it was even worth the fight for them. As time went on, all I knew was that I wanted to start working to help my parents out. I just kind of gave up on the future I have dreamed of because it seemed kind of impossible for me to accomplish, which is very ironic of me to think like that since I’m that person who is encouraging others to follow their own dreams no matter what.
One night, like every other night, I was thinking about all the plans I had and then I thought about what I had right then and there. I remember telling God “so this is not what I want, this not what I’m here for! I’m here to always strive for the best version of myself, not for a mediocre me, so help me out!” Of course, things didn’t change from one day to another like we all think, but God did listen to me.
Working at the same job for 4 and a half years taught me how to be compassionate, to strive to do my very best, to have discipline, not to take things for granted, and most importantly how to not give up on my own dreams. Yes, I know, it’s crazy how I learned all of this from a 9-5 office job, but that exactly what I needed. It was an eye opener for me, it opened new doors and opportunities for me.
Now I’m here, with incredible life experiences which I know is preparing me to conquer all the plans that I originally had and fighting for those dreams that I still have yet to accomplish. I know that things are going to get crazy and that time is going to go by even quicker, but it will be ok because the one who listens to me when I ask for help is with me.
I saw an audition on America’s Got Talent of a girl who sings and plays music amazingly, who lost her hearing due to a connective tissue disorder. So yes, she is deaf and can sing flawlessly. She said a phrase that caught my attention and it got stuck in my head: “I want to do more with my life than just give up” and I thought WOW, this is exactly what needed to hear because now more than ever I wanted to do more with my life than to just give up. There is sooo much more out there in the world for me to discover and live. There’s no time for me to give up.
So I want to tell you today, don’t give up no matter the circumstances life gives you!
I’m fighting for my dreams, and I hope you all do the same.
Claudia Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love