Volume 47, Number 2 - September 8, 2009

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Gabriel Garcia-Vera
Gabriel Garcia-Vera

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A Decision on the Rest of Your Life

By Gabriel Garcia-Vera

Fresh out of high school and straight into the rest of your life…

One minute your parents are yelling at you to make the bed and telling you to “be home before midnight” and the next thing you know everyone’s asking you what you’re going to do for the rest of your life? The rest of your life, that’s a long time.

I still don’t know for sure what I want to do with the rest of my life.

It’s my first year in college. I’m 20 years old, facing an unsettled direction other than a constant pursuit of happiness that I refuse to be swayed from.

Some of the wises people I know (well past the age of 50) still don’t know what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Then again, take Zoraida Pastor a sophomore here at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus studying journalism and a reporter for the Metropolis.

She is studying what she loves even if it’s against the grain. She believes you have to do what makes you happy.

“I’m going to chase my dreams, and chase leads until God doesn’t want me to chase leads,” Pastor said.

Why are we asked to decide so often? It seems like the road most taken many times is the safest path.

Not that there’s anything wrong with studying something with a little more security.

But why is it better to be a businessman than a painter? Why is it smarter to be a lawyer than a musician? Who made up these rules?

I sure as heck didn’t attend the meeting. If someone had bothered to ask my opinion I would have told them: Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams; do whatever it’s that makes you happy.

Don’t worry if your mother doesn’t approve. Don’t keep telling yourself that you’re going to be another starved artist, or that you’re not smart enough to chase your dreams.

Just do it, and don’t apologize for being true to what it’s that you really want.

Most importantly remember that you decide.

If you wake up tomorrow and want to be something different that’s fine.

It’s what we do most often in life: Choose. But as time moves on, the doors you once walked through sometimes close behind you.

I can only speak for myself, but I firmly believe that it’s more important to be happy with your profession than miserable and making millions.

You choose.

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